Ismail Sabri Says CMCO Extension Will Be Known In 2 To 3 Days. It Ends In 4 Days.

Malaysia is currently in the fifth phase of the MCO and it is scheduled to end on 12 May.

Cover image via Astro Awani & Sayuti Zainudin/Malay Mail

When asked whether the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be extended, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the public should wait for an announcement

During a press conference announcing the daily national security updates, the minister explained, "The Ministry of Health (MOH) will advise the government, it is up to them whether it should be extended or not."

"Therefore, as usual, the government will make an announcement roughly two to three days before the CMCO ends."

Malaysia is currently in the fifth phase of the MCO and it is scheduled to end within four days, on 12 May

Previously, Ismail Sabri noted that all states are subjected to phase five of the MCO.

He said that it is a violation for people to still follow the rules of MCO phase four as it has been replaced by the new rules of MCO phase five.

On 4 April, changes were made to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

On the other hand, he also clarified that Hari Raya visiting, even within the same state, is prohibited during the CMCO

In an interview with New Straits Times, he said, "Although the government has relaxed the restrictions for the people to travel, Hari Raya visiting is still not allowed since it is included in the list (of prohibited activities during the CMCO)."

During the programme Ruang Bicara aired by Bernama TV on 7 May, the minister also asked, "At your hometown, who is going to monitor the situation? In a household, suddenly everyone is hugging their relatives, how do we ensure social distancing? How do we make sure everyone that enters the home gets a temperature check?"

He added that the Malaysian National Security Council cannot frame standard operating procedures (SOPs) for activities that are prohibited during the CMCO.

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