Act 342 still applies as more sectors open – Health DG

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, June 6: The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998 (Act 342) will still be enforced as more sectors are open, said Ministry of Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the country was not ready yet for the exit strategy and the Act 342 would be used to monitor the situation as more sectors are allowed to reopen.

“At the moment, we are entering the recovering phase, and monitoring the situation using the Act 3522 is important.

“However, the country’s border control is still being enforced, as we still do not allow any entry into the country and at the same time not recommending any Malaysian to travel outside of the country,” he said in a press conference on Covid-19 development held in Putrajaya, today.

On the same vein, Dr Noor Hisham also noted that there is a possibility to implement the the Extended Movement Control Order (EMCO) or the Semi Enhanced Movement Control Order (SEMCO), if there is any increase (in the number of cases) in one locality or in a targeted group.

“It is important to use the Act 342, to which its enforcement has also been extended to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), the Armed Forces Malaysia (ATM),  People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and various other government agencies to help the ministry in enforcing the act,” he added. –DayakDaily.