Day 3: Many think MCO is a nuisance or inconvenience, says Miri mayor

Yii (second left) and Karambir inspecting and greeting traders during their spot checks.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, March 20: Spot checks in several areas around the city revealed that many still lacks the understanding and rationale behind the Movement Control Order (CMO).

Miri city mayor Adam Yii expressed discontent that three days into the 14-day MCO period, a lot of people are still found going about their daily lives like any normal day.

In this regards, he said the council and the authorities will need to think of new strategies to enforce the control order and establish better communication to raise awareness among the public the danger of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Through our observations today, there are still a lot of the people who are unaware of the real purpose of the Movement Control Order, they still going about their daily lives as usual.

“They think the Movement Control Order is a nuisance or inconvenience, so there are still people milling around the markets,” Yii told reporters after conducting checks around the city today.

The mayor was accompanied by city councillors Chin Fook Kim, Karambir Singh and David Stephen, visiting places like Krokop Lorong 10 Market, Lutong Market, Mosjaya Market and Taman Tunku Market.

According to Yii, some food stall operators at the market had pleaded to be allowed to place a couple of tables and chairs for their customers.

These traders reasoned that some customers had complained the “take-away” food doesn’t taste as good as when eaten immediately at the eatery, he added.

However, Yii rejected such reasons and advised traders to comply with the MCO. — DayakDaily