Get ready for stricter MCO, M’sians warned

Sabri: SOP to be drafted for M’sians for phase two of or­der

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As the move­ment con­trol or­der en­ters its sec­ond phase, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil is com­ing up with a strin­gent SOP to break Covid-19’s chain of in­fec­tion.

The au­thor­i­ties have warned the pub­lic to be pre­pared for stricter reg­u­la­tions as the move­ment con­trol or­der (MCO) en­ters the sec­ond phase.

Se­nior Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Is­mail Sabri Yaakob said the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil was draft­ing a new stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure, which will be pre­sented to­mor­row.

He in­di­cated that the new reg­u­la­tions may in­volve the peo­ple’s move­ments when it comes to shop­ping and go­ing out to buy food.

Un­der the on­go­ing phase one, he said peo­ple were still al­lowed to move around al­beit with some re­stric­tions.

“The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has been asked to draft a new stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure for phase two of the or­der where the rules and reg­u­la­tions will be more strin­gent than what are in place now,” he said.

“So maybe af­ter this, there will be more re­stric­tions im­posed.”

He said the stricter reg­u­la­tions are nec­es­sary to en­sure mea­sures taken to break the Covid-19 chain of in­fec­tions are suc­cess­ful.

Prime Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin an­nounced on Wed­nes­day the two-week ex­ten­sion of the MCO un­til April 14.

The first phase of the 14-day MCO is from March 18 to 31.

De­spite re­stric­tions, the pub­lic is al­lowed to go out to get essentials such as food and medicine.

Is­mail Sabri also said that Wisma Pu­tra and the Im­mi­gra­tion Department will draw up a guide­line to help Malaysians stranded over­seas who want to re­turn home.

He said many Malaysians are af­fected by the lock­down im­posed by the coun­tries they are cur­rently in where the au­thor­i­ties do not al­low flights to ar­rive and de­part.

“Some Malaysians who are now over­seas can­not af­ford to re­turn. We have asked the For­eign Min­istry and Im­mi­gra­tion to come up with a stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure to re­solve this prob­lem,” he said.

Is­mail Sabri said he does not have the fig­ure on how many Malaysians are stranded abroad, ad­ding that this will be made known when the guide­line is pre­sented by Wisma Pu­tra.

Apart from In­dia, he added, there are also Malaysian stu­dents in In­done­sia, United King­dom and Aus­tralia who want to re­turn home.

The For­eign Min­istry has to date repa­tri­ated Malaysians from In­dia, Bangladesh, Iran and Italy, among oth­ers.

Photo: Ber­nama

Keep­ing their dis­tance: Peo­ple wait­ing at the Pu­teri har­bour in­ter­na­tional ferry ter­mi­nal in Kota iskan­dar in Jo­hor. in a bid to pro­mote so­cial dis­tanc­ing, the man­age­ment of the ferry ter­mi­nal had put up ‘no-seat’ stick­ers in be­tween seats at the wait­ing area.

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