MoH proposes RMCO be extended, says Dr Adham


THE Ministry of Health (MoH) is recommending that the National Security Council (MKN) extend the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) beyond its scheduled end-date, Aug 31.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (picture) said the recommendation is following the World Health Organisation’s expectation that the Covid -19 outbreak will last for at least two years.

He said the two-year period is a long time and various efforts have been implemented by the government, including embracing new norms to enable people to understand the common need to address the spread of Covid-19.

“For the RMCO which will end on Aug 31, the MoH has made a recommendation to the MKN and also to the prime minister (PM) for it to continue until the situation is under control. So, it is up to the PM to announce it in the near future.

“We can see that certain countries are still struggling with increasing numbers of cases, while we, here, are still strengthening and controlling the country’s entry points and borders,” he said.

He said this to reporters after officiating the Socso Prihatin programme at the Felda Bukit Besar hall in Kulai, Johor, yesterday.

Also present were Socso CEO Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Azman Aziz Mohammed and Johor Socso director Tong Sing Chuan.

He said the MoH will continue to implement the active tracking method through the MySejahtera application and customer record books to identify individuals involved in Covid-19 clusters.

When asked to comment on the RM1,000 fine imposed on Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, he said it relied on the decision set by the authorities.

“That (RM1,000 fine) has been resolved. Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has already commented on the issue on Twitter.

“We (MoH) look at various angles. It is the maximum compound of RM1,000 (under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342)). If anyone (authorities) wants to bring on other charges, it is up to them,” he said.

Earlier, the MoH in its statement, said Mohd Khairuddin committed offences under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and Act 342.

It provides for a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six months’ imprisonment or both, upon conviction.