MCO extended 2 weeks to April 14

The movement control order was originally supposed to run from March 18 to 31.

PETALING JAYA: The movement control order (MCO) which was originally scheduled to end on March 31 has been extended to April 14.

In a live telecast today, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said he was informing the people of the extension in advance so that preparations could be made.

He also urged the people to remain calm.

“Even though we have extended the MCO, you don’t have to unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is enough.

“I assure you, there is enough food for everybody.”

In his last address to the nation on Monday, Muhyiddin said the National Security Council would consider extending the MCO if the situation has not improved.

Speaking today, he acknowledged that the MCO had burdened the people but said he had no choice but to extend it for their safety.

He also said he might announce a comprehensive economic stimulus package on Friday that would benefit all, including e-hailing drivers, farmers, hawkers and restaurant owners.

“No one will be left behind.”

He thanked those who had adhered to the MCO, saying they understood that it was good for them and those around them despite its many challenges.

However, he told the people to be “mentally and physically prepared” to stay at home for a reasonably longer period of time.

He said he had instructed the minister in charge of Islamic affairs to identify those eligible for immediate zakat aid.

He also urged charity organisations to “rise to the occasion” by helping the needy regardless of race and religion during this time.

“The difficulties they are facing are unprecedented. And I believe all of you can do something meaningful to ease their burden.”