Muhyiddin: Pubs, Bars to Stay Closed

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Muhyiddin Yassin today said bars, pubs and nightclubs will remain closed as part of efforts to contain Covid-19.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin suggested today that the permanent closure of pubs and bars currently barred from operating under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) could be positive for the country.

At an event whose speakers were mostly pro-government conservative academics, Muhyiddin noted that the two types of businesses were among the few still prohibited from opening as part of measures to contain Covid-19.

“The economy is showing (signs of) recovery, with all sectors having reopened except for pubs and nightclubs,” he told a Perikatan Nasional convention in Kuala Lumpur.

“I hope they stay closed,” he said in jest.

He made the remark while he held up his administration’s Covid-19 response as among his most notable achievements since becoming prime minister, which he also said demonstrated that the government was people-centric.

“Only the pubs and bars have yet to resume businesses, but I feel maybe if they don’t open at all is a good thing,” he added.

Also present at the event was Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, president of Islamist party PAS.