Excluding KL from new MCO makes no sense

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Social media users questioned why Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur has been excluded from the latest movement-control order (MCO), when neighbouring districts are going into lockdown for almost two weeks from tomorrow.

Firdaus Latif

They said this does not make sense as Kuala Lumpur’s daily new Covid-19 cases are also on an uptrend.

They said while Selangor currently has the highest number of infections with a high number of daily cases, Kuala Lumpur is not far behind.

The capital city recorded 408 new cases yesterday, the third-highest number of infections among the states.

“KL has almost ten times the number of cases than Sepang (a district in Selangor), yet KL is not under MCO while Sepang is,” @JazliAziz tweeted.

“Also, did our government just use the number of active cases to determine which districts should be under MCO without taking into account population density? Because it sure seems that way.

“And why is the MCO less than two weeks this time when all previous MCOs were extended beyond the initial two-week period?

“We all know this MCO will be extended to at least a month or two. So why are we still using this two-week at a time system?” he asked.

Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced yesterday that six districts in Selangor will be placed under MCO from tomorrow to May 17.

The six districts are Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang. Kuala Lumpur remains under conditional MCO.

As for economic activities in these areas, businesses are allowed to continue as usual albeit stricter standard operating procedure.

Many social media users said because of the inter-connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and the six districts under the MCO, due to large populations travelling to the capital for work and vice versa, this current MCO is meaningless.

“KL has 408 cases (on May 4), very high too…. Why (there is) no MCO in KL? If no MCO in KL, when six districts recover from MCO, KL cases (will) start infecting six districts in Selangor again as they are interconnected…not the right strategy…,” @Macyng71 tweeted.

“What’s the new SOP for this MCO? Does the government realise that if you enforce MCO in Selangor but not in KL, everything will be very kelam-kabut (confusing), because Selangor and KL are intertwined.

“You cannot separate them – people live in Selangor and work in KL and vice-versa,” said @cherylwoo87.

“Sooooooo dine-ins aren’t allowed in MCO districts in Selangor right? But Selangor people who work in KL can dine in when they’re at KL?” asked @Lillysaa.

Some also said the new MCO meant KL was already halfway into full lockdown because people from KL cannot cross district or state borders anyway.

“Hmm OK, so six districts in Selangor are going back to MCO from Thursday until May 17. These are the six districts that surround KL, so it looks like KL folks are effectively locked in rather than locked down,” said @IsWanderlust.

Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa had said a targeted MCO in several localities in Kuala Lumpur was an appropriate approach for the capital city to deal with Covid-19.

“We will identify the areas and places where the MCO needs to be tightened,” he had said.

Malaysia reported 31,516 active Covid-19 cases yesterday with 3,120 new infections. There were also 23 deaths in a single day, the highest since the beginning of this year. – TMI