Ismail Sabri: Prepare for stricter regulations under second phase of MCO


PUTRAJAYA: Stricter regulations will be enforced during the second phase of the movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Defence Minister said this is to ensure measures taken to break the Covid-19 chain of infection achieves the desired goals.

He said under the ongoing phase one, the people are still allowed to move around, with some restrictions.

"The National Security Council has been asked to draft a new standard operating procedure for phase two of the MCO, where the rules and regulations are tighter and more stringent, that what is in place now.

"So maybe after this, there will be more restrictions imposed," he said on Thursday (March 26).

Ismail Sabri said he would not announce the new measures yet, adding that the NSC would present the new standard operating procedure on Saturday (March 28).

On Wednesday (March 25), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the MCO would be extended by two weeks until April 14.

The first phase of the 14-day MCO is in force from March 18 to 31.

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