KUALA LUMPUR: Public compliance to the Movement Control Order (MCO) soared to 99 per cent yesterday, with warning issued by the authorities that there will be no more soft mode or advice given to those who defy the order.

Perhaps, it has seeped into the people’s head the reason behind the government’s enforcement of the order, which is to break the chain of the Covid-19 infection in the country.

On the first day of MCO, the public compliance was only at 62 per cent.

The aim is to get 100 per cent compliance and with the MCO entering its second phase and the 18th day today, the focus will be on the mulish, who remained headstrong, with no care about why MCO is enforced or what Covid-19 is.

It reflects the firm stand by the government in addressing the Covid-19 crisis because if the MCO is further extended, it will affect not only the country’s economy, but also the lives of the people.

Although there is no drastic increase in Covid-19 cases, it should not be taken as giving the public the license to defy the order, instead, the people should continue to help the government to fight this ‘bad virus’ by staying at home and to go out only when necessary.

With Ramadan approaching, the general public, especially traders, will be looking forward to the Ramadan Bazaar, but due to the Covid-19 infection, any activity that involves mass gathering or community event is not appropriate.

Quoting a statement by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, public gatherings, such as the Ramadan bazaar, should be avoided,  even when the MCO period is over, with the people keeping to a certain norm and practices, like to not shake hands to greet people, to wash hands often and exercise social distancing, for six months to a year.

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