Kedah becomes the second state, after Sarawak, to defer the implementation of the conditional movement order (CMCO) under which most businesses will be allowed to resume operations beginning Monday, April4.
In a statement, Menteri Besar of Kedah, Mukhriz Mahathir said the state security working committee would decide on the matter on Tuesday at its meeting on Covid-19.
The state government will study the conditions and guidelines of the CMCO to ensure that the easing of the restrictions under the movement control order are suitable for the situation in the state.
“Kedah must remain a Green Zone and the people are not be endangered by the Covid-19 infection, he said.
“The safety and welfare of the people will not be compromised. For the time being, continue to stay at home and practise social distancing.”
Earlier, Sarawak has decided not to implement the CMCO that will allow the reopening of certain economic activities and sectors which was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
According to State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and also Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, the decisions made under the last three phases of the MCO would be maintained until the state government’s study on the implications of reopening economic activities had been completed.
He said that after taking into account Sarawak’s local situation in terms of the Covid-19 cases, the capacity of the Health Department, logistics capability and geographical circumstances, the SDMC found that many of the standard of compliance of the resuming of the economic activities will not be conducive in the state.
“The SDMC must ensure that the reopening of the economic activities and sectors suits the state’s situation, and the reopening of economic activities would be announced in stages, after “every minute details of the standard operating procedures and guidelines are studied,” he said in a statement.
Furthermore, those sectors who have received the MITI (Ministry of International Trade Industry) approvals during MCO phase 4, they are required to get the State Government’s approval through the SDMC for their applications to be reviewed before they are allowed to operate,” he added.
On Friday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had announced that most businesses could resume operations beginning on Monday. Government offices are also expected to reopen.