MCO may be re-introduced if Covid-19 cases spike, says PM

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin – Picture from Bernama

By John Isaac

PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has urged all Malaysians to play their role in stopping the spread of Covid-19, warning that the government will be forced to reintroduce the movement control order if necessary.

“I wish to remind all of us of the impact if there is a spike in Covid-19 cases and the movement control order would have to be introduced.

“It will surely be awfully bad for our livelihood and the nation’s economy. We cannot go anywhere and have to remain at home, just like what is being enforced in Kota Setar, Kedah, at this moment,” he said in a televised address yesterday as reported by Malaysiakini.

He added that the government will not hesitate to implement an enhanced movement control order in places that have recorded large numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

Muhyiddin said that while Malaysia has done well in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic so far, the recent spike in Covid-19 cases is worrying with 615 new cases reported in the past 14 days.

This includes the districts of Kota Setar, Tawau, and Lahad Datu that have been classified as red zones after recording more than 40 cases each over a 14-day period.

He noted that the daily number of cases have reached up to triple digits in recent days, and there hasn’t been a recent day where no new cases were reported.

“This shows that the chain of Covid-19 infection has yet to be fully broken.

“Hence, I wish to remind ladies and gentlemen to continue to be vigilant. Don’t let down your guard.

“The rules relating to quarantine, the wearing of nose and mouth coverings, and compliance with standard operating procedures are still in effect.

“You must continue to be disciplined and obey the rules. This is important so we can contain the spread of Covid-19,” Muhyiddin said.

No gatherings, greeting in Sabah

In light of the rise in cases in Sabah amidst a state-wide election, the prime minister reminded all to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) when campaigning.

He specifically advised against gatherings and hand greetings.

“My advice is that we should avoid all forms of gatherings in congested and confined spaces.

“And avoid greeting voters. I think voters will understand if those who campaign (to them) do not reach out their hands for a greeting.

“The most important thing is to protect each other so we do not get infected by Covid-19. Kita jaga kita bah (let’s take care of each other),” Muhyiddin said.

The Sabah election campaign period runs from Sept 12 to midnight on Sept 25.

Polling day is on Sept 26.