Traffic starts trickling back

Traffic situation on the 4th phase of Movement Control Oder (MCO) at Lebuh Mcnair in George Town in Penang./Picby:CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

ROADS in Penang, which were once near empty due to the movement control order (MCO), seem to have almost returned to their busy days with more cars occupying the streets.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the traffic situation was understandable as many were working and had daily errands to run.

“People need to go out and get things, and might have bank work. My advice is to go out only if you really need to. Otherwise, stay at home.

“Those who have work to do and errands to run, or want to go out and get food or marketing, please follow the social distancing rules.

“I hope people do not think that things are back to normal and go back to how it was before the MCO was implemented.

“The MCO is still ongoing. Although there have not been new Covid-19 cases recorded in the northeast district in the past few days, I hope people do not take it lightly and disobey the MCO, ” he said.

State welfare, caring society and environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said things seemed to be back to normal.

“Since prior to the MCO, we were used to seeing traffic. It does not seem different.

“We have to ask ourselves how confident are we that this is ending. It is not good for anyone to be taking chances right now.

“If we are not careful, we could be back to square one.

“Everyone has been affected by this. I hope Penangites take care and do not take any chances, ” he said.

The MCO, which was implemented on March 18 to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, has been extended to May 12.

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