ICYMI, Malaysia was greeted on Labour Day by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announcing that almost all economic sectors and businesses would be allowed to reopen, subject to strict conditions in what is termed as conditional movement control order (CMCO).
He said to help curb this economic loss, most businesses will be allowed to open on 4 May (today), and listed six SOPs they must follow.
This implementation by Putrajaya is to kickstart the country’s economy and The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) believed that the decision is based on data and considerations, especially from the health ministry and the National Security Council.
However, not everyone was on board. According to FMT – Sabah, Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Pahang have decided against implementing the CMCO.
Besides these states, some netizens have also issued their concern by creating an online petition urging the government to continue the MCO. So far, the petition has garnered almost 500k signatures.
Some of the points highlighted in the petition include:
1. Asking for the government to continue movement control order and cancel conditional movement control order (CMCO).
2. Asking the government to learn from the same mistakes of countries which ended their movement control order too early.
3. Genuine concerns to ensure frontline workers do not become be too exhausted.
4. Request for the government to not bow down to capitalists who only prioritise their profits without considering health matters and the welfare of employees.
5. Continue MCO for the future of our country.
With new cases of Covid-19 peaking over the weekend, the petition is gaining momentum on social media.
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