What is MCO? What is CMCO? Let’s hear from expert

Sophian listing the obvious differences in SOPs between MCO and CMCO zones in Sarawak.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 22:  In areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), all businesses are allowed to operate while in MCO areas, only 38 types of businesses can proceed with their daily operation.

Sarawak National Security Council (MKN) director Sophian Isswandy Ismail said this when pointed out the difference between CMCO and MCO at a Covi-19 press conference held at Old State Assembly Complex here today.

“For operation hours in CMCO zones, it is from 6am to 10pm, but shorter in MCO areas which is until 8pm only.”

“So, these are the main differences between MCO and CMCO zones while the rest of the SOPs are more or less the same,” said Sophian.


On inter-zone movement, he stressed that the purpose of restricting movements between zones in Sarawak during this MCO and CMCO periods is not to stop economic and essential activities.

He said if important travels out of any zones are required, police permits would be mandatory.

“In terms of movement, travelling between zones are prohibited, meaning if we want to exit a zone (for example Kuching, Samarahan and Serian is considered one zone), police permits will be required.

“Any actions of leaving a zone will be subjected to permissions from the police and for necessary services only,” he said, adding that this rule applies to both MCO and CMCO areas in the state.

Moving on to the differences between MCO and CMCO, he noted one obvious distinction — all social activities are banned in MCO areas but not entirely in CMCO areas.

In CMCO areas, only activities that involve a large number of people and the possibility of contact between individuals are not allowed while other small events are limited by certain SOPs.

“Social activities like exercising in a park are prohibited in MCO areas as the rate of local transmission is rather high, so they are banned at the moment.

“As for CMCO areas, only social activities with a lot of participants and requires contact are disallowed,” said Sophian. — DayakDaily