Senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the government is looking at the thresholds for transitioning into Phase 2 of the national recovery plan at the various state levels.
Ismail said imposing Phase 1 nationwide would be unfair to states performing better in terms of managing Covid-19, such as Perlis which had recorded single-digit cases over the past week.
He said the National Security Council (MKN) was coming up with the gauges for the respective states, including a threshold based on the number of cases per 100,000 residents.
But he denied rumours that Perlis, Terengganu and Kelantan would be moving into Phase 2, saying any announcement must come from either the health ministry or MKN.
“But yes, we are looking at thresholds based on states, not just nationally. For now, there has been no announcement. So, until then, we will consider them rumours,” he told reporters at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) vaccination centre yesterday.
“Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and if we include Negeri Sembilan, would make up half of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia. Because of that, we will look at thresholds based on states.
“Perlis records double-digit and sometimes single-digit infections, but because Selangor contributes a lot of cases, they also have to be under Phase 1 when, by right, they should be able to move to Phase 2. So, we are going through the details.”
With the lockdown extended indefinitely, there had been calls for the government to manage movement restrictions differently in states and localities with fewer Covid-19 cases.
Among those who made such calls were the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow. – FMT