MB: CMCO should be enforced in targeted areas

Johoreans believe that the conditional MCO should only be imposed in red zones so that it does not affect economic sectors in areas with a low infection rate.

JOHOR BARU: Johor wants the conditional movement control order (MCO) to be enforced in specific areas instead of the whole state.

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the conditional MCO should be carried out in areas with a high number of Covid-19 cases or red zones instead of issuing a blanket order for all of Johor.

“It is one of the suggestions that I made when chairing the state security special committee meeting in Kota Iskandar on Tuesday.

“This is important as having the conditional MCO in targeted areas will not affect economic sectors and daily activities in areas with a low infection rate, ” he said in a statement here.

Hasni pointed out that the second suggestion was to have the Federal Government set standard operating procedures (SOP) for a third travel scheme with Singapore, which was the Daily Commuting Arrangement (DCA).

The other two schemes in place are Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).

The RGL allows 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans to travel to and from the two countries every week but this is restricted to official travel and important business matters.

The PCA enables some 2,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans with long-term work permits to cross the Causeway and the Second Link every day.

Meanwhile, the DCA is expected to allow hundred of thousands of Malaysians to cross over into Singapore daily for work.

He stressed that even though the authority to open up the border between the two countries lied with the Federal Government, the state was prepared to carry out the DCA with its present capacity.

“Starting this third scheme is of the utmost importance as it will make it easier for Malaysians currently in the island republic for about eight months now to travel.

“During the meeting, it was also suggested that returning Malaysians, who are not under the PCA category, undergo a quarantine period of seven days at a quarantine centre or in their respective homes, ” he added.

Hasni was hopeful the suggestions coming from the state government would be considered by Putrajaya.

On Saturday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that all states in the Peninsular Malaysia would be placed under conditional MCO from Monday (Nov 9) until Dec 6, except for Kelantan, Pahang and Perlis.

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