Govt considers extending MCO beyond March 31

Police and army personnel man a road block in Shah Alam as part of the MCO enforcements.

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the National Security Council will consider exending its movement control order (MCO) to contain the Covid-19 spread on March 30, one day before its expiry.

“We will study according to the latest developments.

“If there are improvements, then MCO has shown positive effects, if the numbers and data are lower than what we see today,” he said at a press conference today.

Muhyiddin said the council would consider the necessity of a one- or two-week extension based on the impact of the initial period.

He also said MCO compliance had improved to 90%, although there are still some who do not comply with the directive.

“From one angle, it can be said that the MCO is working, but if there are still some movements, we’re hoping it can be reduced to a minimum,” he added, reiterating that only those who need to buy necessities are allowed to go out.

He also urged the people to follow the government’s instruction to stay at home as much as possible and practise good personal hygiene.

“If we’re at home and safe, without contact with anyone else, then we can ensure the virus doesn’t spread.

“If we can do this, I think the effect that we will see is that the situation will improve and be more under control.”