…And so the plot thickens, the whole inconsistency between the Federal Government and the States which are mostly under the opposition party who have refused to administer the Conditional Movement Order has now blown into the open.
In a statement, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister of International Trade said State governments may face legal action from various parties particularly industry players if they stop companies from resuming their operations from May 4, 2020. He added the government views seriously the position taken by the various state governments in refusing to execute the decision to restart the economy.
“Their actions are not founded on lawful authority and are contrary to the policy of the Federal Government, all the more so in view of the fact that the Federal Government’s policy has already been made into law and enforceable throughout the country,” he concluded.
The resistance to enact CMCO on May 4 as advised by the Health Ministry and announced by the Prime Minister in a televised broadcast on Labour Day, kicked of with Sarawak, followed by Kedah, Selangor, Penang, Pahang Negeri Sembilan and more joined. Under the conditional order, restaurants can allow dine-ins, business and the majority of sector are all supposed to resume operation in order to kick start the economy. However, while Kedah and Sarawak have insisted to maintain MCO, Selangor and Penang chose to ease into CMCO based on their own assessment for example restaurants can only accept takeaways. This caused much confusion among businesses and industries who have trouble deciding on which government to listen to, State or Federal?
We really need the politics to stop right now, the world is the middle of a pandemic, Malaysia has just flatten the Covid19 outbreak and we have politicians playing puck with nation.