“Caution should still be order of the day” warns Fatimah as more business sectors due to open up in third phase of MCO

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

KUCHING, Apr 11: Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah calls for the government to reconsider allowing certain business sector that involved close contact, to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period as it would pose a great risk to all the efforts in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister in a statement today said that now is not the time to loosen thing up as the public has already become used to social distancing and is accepting the inconveniences for the sake of survival.

“Caution should still be the order of the day. Otherwise all hard work, the long hours put in by our medical workers not forgetting the risks they face to cure the sick victims, the strict enforcement by our frontliners to contain the transmission of COVID-19, the huge budget incurred by the government to mitigate the COVID-19 holistically will all go down the drain. We will be back to square one,” she said.

Fatimah also opines that although it is inconvenient and caused great distress to many due to loss of income, the extension of the MCO in inevitable.

She explained that some of the general public has accepted the situation, but still, allowing those business sectors to operate are confusing to them.

“The general public has accepted it as inevitable so much so that some even question the decision and rationale to allow barber shops and hair salon (which involve close contact, client removing mask, sharing seats, comb, scissors and all the paraphernalia) to open for business so soon. It’s risky,” she added.—DayakDaily