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[UPDATED] These States Will Not Be Implementing Conditional MCO On 4th May

[UPDATED] These States Will Not Be Implementing Conditional MCO On 4th May

Kirat Kaur

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On Labour Day, Malaysia was greeted by the news that most economic sectors and business will reopen come 4th May under a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

However, not everyone was in agreement with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement and several state governments have stated that they will not be implementing the CMCO on 4th May.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s speech on 1st May announcing conditional MCO.

Sarawak

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) announced on 2nd May that the state has decided to not implement the CMCO until it has studied the implications on the state.

Taking into account Sarawak’s local situation in terms of the Covid-19 cases, logistic capability, the capacity of the Health Department and its geographical circumstances, the SDMC has found that many of the standards of compliance of the reopening of the economic activities will not be conducive in the state.

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister via The Borneo Post.
Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister.
(Credit: Bernama)

Current directives under the MCO, including operations of economic sectors will remain until SDMC has studied the changes in the regulations under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

The Borneo Post reports that the state intends to open its economic activities and other sectors in stages.

Kedah

Kedah state government has announced that it will refrain from opening its economic sectors on 4th May.

This stand was taken to ensure that Kedah remains a Green Zone and the people would not be endangered by the Covid-19 infection. The safety and welfare of the people will not be compromised. For the time being, continue to stay at home and practise social distancing.

Mukhriz Mahathir, Menteri Besar of Kedah via FMT.
Mukhriz Mahathir, Menteri Besar of Kedah.
(Credit: Choo Choy May/Malay Mail)

The state government will study the conditions and guidelines of the CMCO to make sure that the relaxed restrictions are suitable for the situation in the state.

FMT reports that the decision will be made on Tuesday (5th May) by the state security working committee at its meeting on Covid-19.

Selangor

Selangor state government has announced that it wants to prevent a ‘crash landing’ with the easing of MCO from 4th May.

Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, Selangor Menteri Besar, said that the state will restrict the number of businesses that will resume operations.

Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, Menteri Besar of Selangor.
(Credit: Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail)

In a press conference he explained that the state government will need to discuss CMCO enforcement and guidelines with local authorities to prevent a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Among the factors that the state is studying include the overseeing food outlets operations, monitoring crowds in public parks and drawing up safety guidelines for daycare centers for children and the elderly.

All of this needs to be detailed and cannot be decided and completed in a day. We will try to make a decision on these guidelines tomorrow (3rd May). But I have to stress that the implementation cannot be rushed on the 4th.

Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, Menteri Besar of Selangor.

Sabah

Sabah has also stepped out on 3rd May to inform that the state will not be implementing the CMCO on 4th May.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal states that Sabah will continue to observe phase 4 of the MCO along with its procedures until 12th May.

FMT reports that the decision was made to ensure efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to ensure Sabahans are not exposed to the virus.

Negeri Sembilan

Malaysiakini reports that Negeri Sembilan will not follow the relaxed rules of the CMCO come 4th May.

Negeri Sembilan state secretary Razali Malik said that the state will only allow approved economic sectors to continue operations while dine-in at restaurants and sporting activities are barred.

These measures are taken by the state government because we believe we haven’t eradicated Covid-19, based on the number of active cases.

Razali Malik, Negeri Sembilan State Secretary via Malaysiakini.

Pahang

With the emergence of a new Covid-19 cluster, Pahang state government is choosing to forgo the CMCO that comes into effect on 4th May.

Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said that the state will maintain the MCO rules for now.

The Pahang government has to study and fine-tune it to match the current state of the Covid-19 outbreak in Pahang.

Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Menteri Besar of Pahang via The Star.
Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Menteri Besar of Pahang.
(Credit: Bernama)

The Star reports that the state security working committee will discuss the matter during their weekly meeting on 8th May, Friday.


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