Prepare for likely return of MCO

Chow: I urge all associations related to economic sectors to be prepared and develop relevant measures in facing the possibility of an MCO.

SHOULD another movement control order (MCO) be enforced, associations related to economic sectors in Penang are urged to be prepared and take necessary steps.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that taking a cue from past experience, the impact might differ according to the various sub-sectors.

He said if the MCO were to be enforced again, each sector might again be subjected to different restrictions.

“I understand that the Federal Government will have a stakeholder’s engagement with representatives from the economic and industrial sectors for their feedback on impacts of MCO if it is enforced again.

“We shall wait for their discussions, ”

Chow told reporters after witnessing the swearing-in ceremony for Seberang Prai City councillors at the council headquarters in Bukit Mertajam on mainland Penang yesterday.

Chow said just like in other states, Penang would not be exempted from restrictions imposed on the different sectors.

“Each sector is subjected to different restrictions. The impact will be different according to the various sub-sectors.

“I urge all associations related to economic sectors to be prepared and develop relevant measures in facing the possibility of an MCO, ” he said.

On tackling the rising number of daily cases, Chow said Penang had submitted proposals to the National Security Council (MKN) and National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to set up quarantine centres, including applications for allocations to manage the centres.

“Previously we focused on preparation of quarantine centres because the screening of workers in factories and construction sites is expected to reveal positive cases that require placements depending on the severity of their illness.

“Those who are serious will be placed in hospitals but those in Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be placed at low-risk quarantine centres, and we are working on it.

“We have submitted the proposals pending approval of MKN and Nadma, and we also applied for allocation to manage the quarantine centres, if approved.

“We are still waiting for a response from the Federal Government, ” he said.

Chow said about three locations were proposed and the state Health Department would conduct an evaluation check on their suitability.

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