‘Duduk rumah’ to help Malaysia achieve zero Covid-19 cases, otherwise MCO might be extended

Ismail Sabri addressing a press conference in Putrajaya.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Apr 18: The public has to comply with the Movement Control Order (MCO) to help the country achieve zero Covid-19 cases.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned people not to be over-confident with the successful outcome in reducing the number of positive cases as lack of discipline could lead to another outbreak which could lead to the MCO being further extended.


“With MCO implemented, Malaysia has been able to reduce the number of Covid-19 positive cases which indicated improvement and progress but it has not ended yet.

“The number of positive cases went down to two digits in the last two days which is really good but we have not achieved zero Covid-19 cases yet in the country even though our efforts have been successful,” he told a daily press conference on MCO in Putrajaya today.

He was commenting about the behaviour of the public, especially those still going out unnecessarily.

Ismail Sabri pointed out that the purpose of the MCO was to restrict the movement of people which was identified as a cause that could worsen the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Now that we see success and good outcome due to MCO, we should comply with all the measures until we achieve zero positive cases and end the MCO.

“I believe all of us want to resume our normal lives and daily activities, but it all depends on you. If you continue to be stubborn and go out, in the end we cannot end MCO in due time,” he warned,
citing IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s remarks that the MCO would be continued until June or later if Malaysians continued to be stubborn.

Meanwhile, companies, cooperatives, organisations and associations have been urged to postpone holding their annual general meetings (AGMs) as such activities were not allowed during the MCO period.

Ismail Sabri asked that organisations delay holding their AGMs until a date to be advised by the Health Ministry.

“However, if there are those intending to proceed with holding their AGMs, they are allowed to do so online such as via video conferencing.

“This is to prevent social crowding so I hope organisations will postpone their meetings until a date to be fixed by the government,” he added. —DayakDaily