Govt not expected to impose total lockdown: Ismail Sabri


THE government is not expected to impose a total lockdown in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

Senior Minister (Security) cluster Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there will be more stringent SOPs but not a nationwide movement control order (MCO).

Ismail Sabri also said the government will give ample time for people to prepare for any decision to be announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

”There is no need to do panic buying, the people will be given time to prepare (for any decision),” Ismail Sabri said.

According to the minister, in general there is enough and accessible supply for the necessary items in the country.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to extend the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Jelebu Prison, its staff quarters, Johor Bahru Correctional Centre and staff quarters, and Dewan Arena Segitiga in Kota Tinggi extended until Jan 24.

The decision was made based on the Health Ministry’s risk assessment on these areas, said Ismail Sabri.

On MCO, the minister informed that the police detained 372 people for breaching the rules yesterday, where all of them were issued compound fines.

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