Civil servants and government retirees have been urged to comply with all government directives including the Movement Control Order (MCO) or else risk losing the various privileges enjoyed by them
In a statement on Thursday, 16 April, Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) president Adnan Mat asked civil servants and retirees to set good examples for others.
He then said that they should always bear in mind that the various "privileges" enjoyed by them including their salaries, allowances, or pension could be revoked if they were found guilty of breaching any law.
According to Adnan, the instructions issued under the MCO must be obeyed in its entirety "without reservation and reason" by civil servants and retirees because they set examples for the public to follow, especially from the point of view of law enforcement during or after the MCO ends.
"The overall compliance with the MCO directives at least helps to control the movement of the people in the country if they as heads of families can be the eyes, ears, and voice of the government, advising their family members to stay at home," the CUEPACS' president's statement read.
The CUEPACS' advisory to civil servants and retirees come amidst a growing number of people flouting the MCO during its first two phases from 18 March to 14 April, with road traffic increasing in its third phase
As of 15 April, a total of 11,017 people were arrested for flouting the MCO.
According to the National Security Council (MKN), a total of 558,480 vehicles have been inspected by the police and the Malaysian Army at 813 MCO roadblocks conducted nationwide.
A total of 56,052 spot checks were carried out by authorities including 6,364 premises.
On Thursday, 16 April, during his daily press conference on the MCO compliance, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yakoob said that there are still many cars on the road, mainly from the non-essential services.
"I would like to remind everyone that the MCO is still being implemented. There are many cars on the road still. Don't forget that the MCO is still being enforced," the Senior Minister said.
In contrast to the advisory, though, Minister of Economic Affairs Mustapa Mohamed's recent actions are said to be in a possible breach of the MCO, where he visited his constituents in Jeli, Kelantan
Mustapa, who is one of the four Senior Ministers, had taken to his Twitter account to thank Allah for being able to visit the people in his constituency in a possible breach of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
"Alhamdulillah, today I managed to head back to Jeli to visit my constituents. I have not been able to return for three weeks," he said in a tweet on Saturday, 11 April, which has since been deleted.
SAYS first reported about the incident after several netizens took to the social media platform to question if the government was practising double standards in its approach, asking, "if errant citizens are being fined RM1,000, why is a senior government minister allowed to gallivant across the country?"
Recently, a family of six in Selangor were collectively fined RM6,000 for violating the MCO by going to the supermarket together:
Meanwhile, the police have now been ordered to stop focusing on issuing compounds and arrest anyone who defies the MCO: