More want houses of worship than schools to reopen after CMCO, survey shows

By Chew Lip Song

EASING restrictions on inter-state travel tops the wish list of Malaysians when the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) ends next Tuesday, a survey shows.

An ongoing online poll conducted by the National Security Council (NSC) on its official Telegram channel shows that 64 per cent of the over 244,000 participants who had voted so far want more leeway to cross state borders.

The poll was put up on June 1 and had asked: “Which activity should the regulations be eased after June 9, 2020?”

Second in the list is “religious activities” at 57 per cent, significantly higher than the third, “educational activity” at 35 per cent.

A screenshot from the NSC’s online poll on its Telegram channel

Next on the list is “businesses without premises (hawkers, markets, including night markets)” and “hair-cutting services”, both at 33 per cent.

Other items on the list are “entertainment and recreational (cinemas, karaokes, museums, theme parks)” at 12 per cent; “creative arts activities” at 10 per cent and gambling activities (three per cent).

Subscribers are allowed to vote for more than one option.

The NSC Telegram channel is one of the most influential government platforms on Covid-19, boasting over 1.1 million subscribers.

Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was introduced on March 18, the government had put in place various restrictive measures including ban on inter-state travel and banned barbershops and hair salons from operating. This is to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

These measures  have progressively been eased, especially since the CMCO came into effect from May 4. Most businesses are now operating, although some are not at full capacity.


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