No full lockdown, but stricter MCO from Tuesday

Ismail Sabri at the media conference this evening – RTM footage screen capture

By Chew Lip Song

FROM May 25, the government will put in place stricter Movement Control Order (MCO) rules, as the national Covid-19 caseload breach the 500,000-mark today.

Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the additional measures include stepping up roadblocks to curb inter-state and inter-district travel as well as reduce the number of people at the workplaces.

He also announced that business premises, including malls and eateries will only be allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm.

“The passenger capacity for public transportation will be reduced to 50 per cent and this will involve LRT, busses and other public transportations,” he said in a joint-media conference with Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Ismail also announced reduced staff operating from workplaces, but only for Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan.

The new ruling will see 80 per cent of the civil servants, or 750,000 people, working from home. In the private sector, at least 40 per cent of its staff, or 6.1 million workers must also be working from home.

The details on the standard operating procedures (SOP) involving private sectors working-from-home will be announced by the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

“All these measures are to reduce movement, ” he said.

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