With experts and analysts predicting that a two week lockdown would not suffice, it looks the Malaysian government is on the same page. Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has jusr announced that the 14 day Movement Control Order, scheduled to end on the 31st of March, has been extended by a further two weeks until the 14th of April.
In a special address to the nation today, Muhyiddin revealed that he was briefed by both the National Security Council (NSC) and the Health Ministry on the Covid-19 developments in Malaysia and given the current situation, an extension was necessary
“The trend is expected to continue for a while before new cases begin to subside. This means that the government must continue the MCO for a longer period of time.
“I am announcing the extension in advance so that my fellow citizens will be prepared,”
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
The announcement comes at the midway point of the original two week MCO that was aimed at breaking the chain of infection nationwide. As of yesterday, Malaysia recorded 1,624 Covid-19 infections with 17 fatalities and a total of 183 recoveries.
It is also expected that the police will be more strict in enforcing the MCO for the remainder of its run, as Malaysians have been taking advantage of the police trust by travelling unnecessarily and pretending to buy essentials.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador today announced that action will be taken against those who insist on leaving their home for no good reason during the movement control order (MCO) period, says the Inspector-General of Police.
“To those who think they are invincible to the disease and want to act tough, don’t be surprised if you are arrested. And please be prepared to spend a few nights in police lock-up,”
Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador
It turns out the authorities have been given the green light to ensure increased compliance with the order aimed at minimising the spread of Covid-19, so please for the love of God, just stay at home.