Most businesses allowed to open on May 4, but strictly no social, religious gatherings

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, May 1: Most business sectors will be allowed to operate starting on Monday, May 4, but strictly no social or religious gatherings or inter-state travel, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He reiterated that although the global Covid-19 situation would not be expected to subside any time soon, the economy of the country must not be allowed to remain stagnant.

“The country’s business sectors will be allowed to operate from May 4 onward, but they must heed the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health. The preventive measures against Covid-19 must be observed strictly,” said Muhyiddin in his Labour Day message which was telecast live over RTM.

However, other businesses such as theatres, karaoke and pubs, reflexology centres, entertainment centres, theme parks, events and exhibitions as well as ‘contact’ sports such as football, will not be allowed to operate as yet.

He revealed that since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on March 18, the country has loss up to a staggering RM63 bil, with a daily estimate loss of RM2.4 bil.

Muhyiddin added that Malaysia would lose another RM35 billion should economic sectors remain closed for another month.

“But sports such as badminton, tennis, jogging, bicycling and golf, those that are not involve close contact with another person, will be allowed starting Monday,” he said.

Muhyiddin reminded Malaysians that all kinds social and religious activities as well as inter-state travel, especially during the coming Hari Raya celebrations, will not be allowed.

MCO, which was enforced on March 18, has been extended three times. The current phase 4 will last until May 12. — DayakDaily