Lifting of CMCO depends on SOP compliance: Health DG

Dr Noor Hisham addressing the media during the daily Covid-19 updates at Putrajaya today. Photo Credit: Radio Television Malaysia (RTM).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 29: The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) might be lifted if Malaysians abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) specified by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stated that in recent days, the number of positive cases involving locals was low and there might be a possibility that CMCO will not be prolonged by the federal government.

“From May 4 until now (May 29), there are only about 222 Malaysians who were involved out of 1,800 (cases).

“If that is the case now, the transmission of (Covid-19) is mainly from foreign workers,“ he told reporters when asked whether Malaysia was ready to lift the CMCO on June 9 during the daily Covid-19 updates at Ministry of Health’s headquarters in Putrajaya today.


Dr Noor Hisham added that from MoH’s projection, the involvement of Malaysians in Covid-19 were in the lower double digits.

Hence, he was optimistic that with all the guidelines and SOP in place, there might be a possibility that Malaysia could lift the MCO.

Other than that, Dr Noor Hisham said other issues which needed to be addressed before lifting the MCO included foreign workers abiding by the SOP and ensuring that their accomodation was up to health standards.

He believed MoH as well as Malaysians needed to educate foreign workers on the SOP before any decision on the uplifting of MCO could be determined.—DayakDaily