Act 342 still in force even though CMCO implemented: Ismail Sabri

Ismail Sabri addressing a press conference in Putrajaya.

KUCHING, May 2: Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reminds the public that the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), is still being enforced even though the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) is implemented.

According to Ismail Sabri, with the implementation of the CMCO announced by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, it does not mean that the public is free to move around.

“This is because Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988) is still being enforced and legal action can still be taken against those who do not comply with it.

“The Movement Control Order (MCO) is not revoked, but only relaxed for certain sectors. Other than that, it is still the same implementation as in the first and second phase of the MCO,” he said his daily press briefing today.

Ismail Sabri pointed out that the implementation of the CMCO is in line with the announcement made earlier by the government which is to relax the MCO enforcement in stages.

He reiterated that (previously) although certain business sectors are allowed to open, the operation times are limited to 8 pm.

“But under the CMCO, the business premises are allowed to operate until 10 pm. This show that there is a relaxation on the enforcement, especially for the manufacturing sectors involving basic needs such as medicine and food.

“However, only 50 per cent of their workers are allowed for the operation, and this will also gradually be increased in stages,” he added.

Meanwhile, addressing the public concerned regarding the government move to open up the business operation hastily, Ismail Sabri pointed that the move is done to help those small traders such as the coffee shops and few others.

“We are doing it gradually in the green zone areas because it is not fair to those in the green and their movement should not be controlled as those in red or yellow zones.

“This relaxation is to help those traders, especially in the grass-root level, to enable them to earn their living, even though it is not much,” he said. —DayakDaily.