Perception MCO has ended is wrong – Health DG


PUTRAJAYA: The perception that the Movement Control Order (MCO) has run its course once the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) takes effect today is a wrong one, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

He said the MCO was still in force, but will now take a social compliance and self-discipline approach when it comes to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) enforced to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the SOPs under CMCO were the same ones used in South Korea, Taiwan and Sweden, countries which managed to contain the pandemic without enforcing any form of movement restrictions and instead rely on a high level of social compliance and self-discipline.

“It would be wrong to perceive that the MCO is over and tomorrow (today) we can ‘celebrate’. The MCO is still in force,” he said at the Health Ministry’s (MOH) Covid-19 media briefing here yesterday.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia will now use the SOP approach, adding that there needs to be solid cooperation between the government and the public for the pandemic to be contained.

He said Malaysia has implemented four MCO phases and through them, managed to flatten the Covid-19 curve.

Dr Noor Hisham said flexibility given under the CMCO was only meant for those capable of complying with the SOPs stipulated by the MOH.

“Investigations are ongoing if they (construction cluster) are linked to any specific clusters, but so far there is no firm evidence to suggest that,” he said. – Bernama