Will CMCO be extended?

Prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin is poised to make an official announcement at 3PM today on the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). The CMCO, first introduced on 4 May 2020, is slated to expire next Tuesday, June 9 2020.

You can catch the live telecast that will be aired over TV3, Astro Awani, Bernama TV, and RTM.

The prime minister on Friday, announced the new short-term Penjana Economic Recovery Plan to stimulate the economy to weather against challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CMCO has been a soft landing approach before the exit strategy phase in the fight against COVID-19. Most businesses and economic sectors are open, while many social activities are allowed with restrictions and strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOP) as specified by the authorities.

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Border control remains intact although the government has relaxed some rules regarding interstate travel.

Malaysia embraces the six criteria outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) before the country can enter the exit phase and proceed to lift the CMCO.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Friday that Malaysia is not poised to enter the exit strategy phase yet due to the number of positive cases remaining at two digits. This can also be attributed to the low compliance rate on the SOP among migrants.

He explained that Malaysian is now in the “recovery phase” where monitoring and control require Act 342 which is to monitor and ensure individuals and businesses implement and comply with SOPs.

Can we expect the PM to extend the CMCO? It is clear that “we have not won yet” and there’s a high chance that an extension is in the cards.

What do you think?

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