No full lockdown, but stricter SOPs

by AZREEN HANI

THE  special National Security Council (MKN) meeting today has unanimously agreed to implement stricter SOPs on the economic and social sectors.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement did not have any mention on a full lockdown, as proposed by the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba earlier this week.

“Details of this additional restrictions will be announced by the Senior Minister of Defense on May 22,” the statement read.

PMO added that the special MKN meeting also involved state governments, to take into account the current situation in their respective states as well as their views on efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Selangor state government had previously said that it would agree to a lockdown proposal provided that several conditions, including fiscal aid, will be given to alleviate the economic strain.

Various industries however have stated their opposition for the proposal and called for a stricter regulation instead, amid resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

The meeting today also deliberated on the current MCO that was enforced for four weeks from May 12, 2021.

Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan had said that the special meeting today aims to discuss and decide the possibility of stricter lockdowns, similar to MCO 1.0 that was deemed successful in curbing the virus.

Takiyuddin said the strict lockdown proposal will be tabled at the National Security Council (MKN) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“The proposal for stricter MCO will be discussed in a meeting comprising MKN, as well as the states’ chiefs. We need to look at the options we have, after we have had several types of MCOs like Conditional, Recovery or Enhanced MCO (since the outbreak),” he told reporters yesterday.