Day 1 of Movement Control Order


THE first day of Movement Control Order (MCO) saw most of the streets in Kuala Lumpur empty with little to no activity.

Checks by The Malaysian Reserve showed that restaurants and dining places have put up notices to remind the people that only takeaways and deliveries are allowed.

The National Service Council had also issued guidelines on several sectors to clear any confusion and misunderstandings among the public. Below are some of the main highlights on the first day of the MCO, as reported by Bernama:

  • Major entry points to the country like the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, and the Johor Causeway were mostly quiet, following the prohibition of overseas travel by Malaysians and the entry of foreigners.
  • The Perak Information Department has deployed its mobile announcement unit in an effort to help the public have better understanding of the MCO.
  • Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah warned the possibility of a third wave Covid-19 infection in the country. “We could face a third wave of the virus, and the next one will be bigger — like a tsunami — what more if we take a lackadaisical attitude,” he said.
  • The Malaysian Prisons Department said visit by family members of inmates at all prisons in the country has been postponed due to MCO.
  • The government has given conditional approval to critical products manufacturers to operate during the enforcement of the MCO. The National Security Council (MKN) said among the conditions are — keeping the number of employees working at a minimum and implementing the rotation of workers.
  • The Pahang state government has activated its state and district-level disaster management committees to ensure proper and thorough procedure in tackling the spread of Covid-19.
  • Malaysians in Indonesia who wish to return home have been told to contact the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta if they need help. In a statement, the embassy said no flight restrictions had been imposed by the Malaysian or Indonesian government.