By Nur Sa’adah Batrisyia and Hidayah Sahrunizam
GOMBAK, 7 June 2020: Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today that the government will replace the conditional movement control order (CMCO) with recovery movement control order (RMCO) starting on Wednesday (10 June) until 31 August with further relaxations.
“Since three months ago, a lot of restrictions have been imposed on local citizens. However, I realised we could no longer control the citizens’ movement,” he said. Initially, the current CMCO will end on Tuesday (9 June).
In a special broadcast over television today, the Prime Minister said interstate travel will be allowed except for areas declared with enhanced movement control order (EMCO).
During this RMCO period, almost all social, education, religious, business, and economic sectors will reopen in phases while adhering to a strict existing standard operation procedure (SOP) and maintaining social distancing. This includes hair salons, night markets, open markets, food courts, and beauty stores.
Regardless of the relaxation given, certain sports activities and competitions involving mass spectators in stadiums such as swimming at public pools, rugby, boxing, footballs, basketballs, and hockey are still barred. However, sports activities with no physical contact such as badminton and bowling are allowed.
Likewise, pubs, night clubs, entertainment outlets, reflexology and karaoke centres, theme parks, and any religious parades involving huge crowds are still prohibited, Tan Sri Muhyiddin further elaborated.
The good news is that Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration and korban will be permitted under conditions of complying to all government-mandated standard operating procedures (SOP).
Meanwhile, the school will reopen in stages based on the Ministry of Education’s further announcements.
The infection rates among Malaysians have successfully dropped to single-digit despite infection rates at immigration detention centres rising rapidly.
The recovery movement control order (RMCO) will be implemented based on seven strategies:
- Enhancing public health.
- Law and enforcement.
- Guarding borders security.
- Reopening economic sectors.
- Embracing the new norms.
- Empowering communities’ responsibility.
- Protecting high-risk groups.
These strategies will be executed by the Special Ministerial Committee led by the Senior Minister (security cluster) while at the state level, these strategies will be carried out by the Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers of respective states. Cooperation from community leaders and NGOs are highly encouraged.
The Prime Minister also informed that the public could go to the National Security Council (NSC) website for more information on the list of activities or sectors that are allowed and not allowed during the RMCO.
“I wish fellow Malaysians will take responsibility for ensuring the COVID-19 outbreak remains under control until the vaccine is available. It’s all in your hands now,” Tan Sri Muhyiddin further said. ***