May 12 marks the end of the Conditional Movement Order, whether the restriction will be extended or will Malaysia be officially free from any form of lockdown, tomorrow we will know.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin will once again address the nation over a televised broadcast at 2pm May 10 which will be aired on TV3, Bernama and Astro Awani. During the CMCO, further relaxation were announced with businesses allowed to start operation, restaurants can start accepting dine-ins with limited seating’s and private vehicles allowed to carry additional passengers who are related.
The 2pm address will be closely watched by State governments who refused to follow the CMCO guidelines in the past, claiming the Federal did not consult them before opening up the economy. Conflicting policies were put in place causing confusion among the public and business premises, for instance in Mid Valley which is under Federal Territory, restaurants allow dining but One Utama located in Selangor only permits take-away. This defiance prompted Senior Trade Minister, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to warn states that they could possibly face lawsuits by businesses for not allowing them to operate.
Since then, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan and Sabah have implemented CMCO with added security layers the states deem fit. However there is still Selangor, Perlis, Pahang and Sarawak who have yet to fully comply. Surely this will be part of Tan Sri Muhyddin’s remark and the all important whats next for Malaysia.