Prime Minister extends CMCO until June 9

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, unveils his new cabinet members at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin has announced  that the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be extended for another four weeks until June 9.

In his televised address, despite positive results from the measures in place, the extension is regarded as necessary. The Movement Control Order was initially expected to end on May 12.

6.64 million (43.6 percent) of workers have also returned to their jobs and the numbers are expected to increase in the weeks to come.

“I would like to thank state governments that have agreed to re-open their economies, allowing employees to return to work,” the Prime Minister said.

There are currently 10 districts that are under the red zone, with a majority of clusters involving the Setia Alam construction site and factory workers in Pedas, Rembau.

Additionally, the Jalan Othman wet market and its surrounding commercial areas have come under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) lockdown following a spike in Covid-19 cases.

As for interstate travels, married couples living in separate states can apply for to visit one another. The Prime Minister has also encouraged Sarawak and Sabah in granting the leeway as well.

In regards to the Bantuan Prihatin National aid, the Prime Minister says applications will be extended until May 31 for failed applicants. Appeals can be made directly at the counters.

This comes after a number of appeals have been rejected due to mismatch of records. 10.6 million Malaysia have been offered under the BPN aid.

Families living in the same state and neighbours will be allowed to visit one another during the festive season. A maximum number of 20 people are allowed to do so at a time.

“I would like to encourage everyone to reduce outdoor activities and to maintain wearing masks and practice social distancing,” he said.

Malaysia is currently in the 4th place out of 150 countries in a study gauging the people’s satisfaction with their respective government’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

 

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