States Refusing CMCO Make A Turnaround


Backtracking on earlier stance, Kedah and Kelantan have agreed to implement the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in line with the decision made at the federal government level.

This comes after International and Domestic Trade Minister, Datuk Seri Azmin Ismail issued a statement warning states that refuse to follow the Federal Governments direction on the Covid19 crisis management could face legal action from businesses. Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir said the state government has decided to implement the CMCO immediately, which was postponed in order to fine-tune the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the federal government to suit the needs of the state.

“Local authorities have made some adjustments according to local needs. Therefore, in Kedah, we decided that food premises could operate from 8 am to 8 pm, but dining-in at eateries is still not allowed during the CMCO period. He said for the retail and wholesale sectors, the operation hours allowed are also from 8 am to 8 pm only.

Meanwhile, in Kota Bharu, the Kelantan government followed suit to implement the CMCO starting tomorrow with 36 economic sectors resuming their operations following the SOP set by both federal and state governments.

Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said some of the economic sectors allowed to resume are restaurants, food courts, hawker centres and street food stalls from 3 pm to 6 pm during Ramadan and 7 am to 10 pm afterwards. Besides, self-service laundries are allowed to operate from 9 am to 6.30 pm while the hotel sector could operate 24 hours for accommodation but its restaurant operation is only allowed from 6.30 am to 9 pm.

A stark contrast in just 24 hours after which it seemed the 9 States and the Federal were heading into a showdown.

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