By John Isaac
On Friday (April 10), the public will know whether the movement control order (MCO), enforced since March 18, will be further extended to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The MCO was initially enforced until March 31, but extended to April 14 and this Friday (April 10), the government is expected to make the much-awaited announcement on whether it will be further extended.
Many are hoping the MCO, which enters its 22nd day Wednesday (April 8), will not be further extended so that they could return to their normal lives, but it will all depend on the Covid-19 situation in the country and the government will certainly not place the health of its people at stake.
For the record, Malaysia has recorded 69 Covid-19 sporadic cases (cases where the source of infection cannot be traced).
A total of 170 new Covid-19 cases, with one death, were announced as of noon Tuesday (April 7), bringing the accumulated Covid-19 cases in the country to 3,963, with a total of 63 deaths.
The country’s crime index has dropped by 70% since the MCO was enforced, but the number of individuals caught for defying the MCO increased to 6,451 people as of Tuesday.
On public sanitation, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government, through the Housing and Local Government Ministry, had conducted 666 sanitation operations in 79 zones, including all 18 Red Zones.
The premises that were disinfected comprised government buildings and 24,077 units in people’s housing projects (PPR).
The operation is important because there is a new location has been placed under the enhanced MCO, namely the Malayan Mansion and Selangor Mansion buildings here.
Prior to that, the enhanced MCO was enforced in three areas – Simpang Renggam, Kluang, Johor; Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat, Selangor, and City One Tower, Jalan Munshi Abdullah here.
Apart from efforts by the government, the public and corporate companies have also joined forces to help curb the Covid-19 outbreak, including by donating to the Covid-19 Fund, which has reached RM22.6mil.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, through a posting on his Facebook page, stated that as of Monday (April 6), a total of RM5.68mil from the fund was channeled to the National Welfare Foundation (YKN) for the purchase of daily necessities to be donated to those affected by the outbreak.
He said RM195,000 was also distributed to 39 next-of-kin of Covid-19 victims as “Bayaran Ihsan Kematian”.
The Covid-19 Fund was launched on March 11 as an effort by the government to help the people affected by the outbreak.
As such, Malaysia needs the cooperation and support of all the people during this MCO period to prevent Covid-19 from further spreading.
Citizens have been urged to comply with the rules of the MCO, to not spread fake news, including on social media, and to appreciate the role of the frontline personnel in protecting the people’s lives and security in the country. – Bernama