RMCO to Be Extended Until Dec 31

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The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which was earlier slated to end on Monday has been extended to Dec 31.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said based on the latest development, more time would be needed to clear Malaysia of the pandemic.

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“Everything is still under control but if there is an increase in infections in particular localities, the government will carry out the implementation of targeted measures such as the Enhanced Movement Control Orders (EMCO) or Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO),” he said in a televised speech tonight.

He was referring to the recent clusters including the viral Sivagangga cluster in Napoh which saw the implementation of TEMCO.

Muhyiddin said throughout the RMCO’s extension, enforcement would continue under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

He also endorsed Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hashim Abdullah’s proposal to increase the compound rate for those who violated the RMCO’s standard operating procedures (SOP).

“Our country is still facing challenges in curbing the transmission of Covid-19, as it is still actively spreading around the globe. The virus is not only active, in fact, but it is also transmitting rapidly from one to another.

“I realise we cannot risk taking this highly infectious virus lightly in the country. Hence, stricter quarantine rules in certain locations will continue to be enforced.”

“Nobody is exempted from these rules and those found guilty of breaching the rules will be given fair punishment.

“Correspondingly, I fully support the recommendation by the Health Ministry to increase the amount of compound to at least double or triple the current amount for those found guilty of breaching the SOP.

“However, we will need to look into the matter and amend Act 342 first and foremost.”

He gave an assurance that people’s daily activities will not be affected, but stressed the importance of avoiding crowded places.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba had said the recommendation to extend the RMCO was based on World Health Organisation projections that the pandemic would last another two years.

The extension announced tonight means movement restrictions in Malaysia are in effect for nine months and 14 days.