CMCO likely to replace MCO: Ismail Sabri

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) may be re-implemented to replace the MCO, says Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri said the Health DG has hinted yesterday that the CMCO is “most likely” to happen and did not say it will be implemented after Feb 4.

However, the announcement will be made before Feb 4 after a decision is reached by the National Security Council (MKN).

The minister also responded to the spread of the viral news on social media via #MalaysiaLockdown that has caused concern among the public, prompting some to make panic buying.

“Various reactions arose when it was announced that there was a possibility that CMCO would be re-implemented throughout the country, some disagreed and some agreed for a total lockdown like the first MCO.

“The government will look into all areas when making a decision. We want to take care of the health of the people and at the same time we want to protect the interests of the people,” he said in a press conference today.

He further explained that a total lockdown will have a massive impact on the economy, stating that 2.8 million people are at risk of losing their jobs and 2.5 million worker’s income will be affected.

He also said the B40 group will lose revenue within a month, estimated at RM6.45 billion, with an average of RM2,400 per family.

Meanwhile, Thaipusam celebrations are not allowed to be held in any temple. However, the movement of Murugan sculpture carts to Batu Caves is allowed but must comply with strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) without the presence of the public, said Ismail Sabri.

He added that long-distance married couples are allowed to cross the state with police permission starting tomorrow.