Urging Malaysians to remain calm, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was aware that people felt burdened by the order, but the Covid-19 pandemic left him no choice but to extend the MCO, which was supposed to end on March 31.
“I have to extend the movement control order for your own safety. Please stay calm and don’t panic.
“Even though we have extended the MCO, you don’t have to unnecessarily stock up food because supply is sufficient.
“I assure you that food is enough for everybody,” he said in a special televised message yesterday.
He said the MCO, which was put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, would be reviewed from time to time.
“If there is a necessity to extend it further, I will announce it. What is important is for all of you to be prepared to stay home for a longer period of time,” he added.
With the extension of the MCO, those who had left for their respective hometowns at the onset of the order need not rush to return to Kuala Lumpur or other cities.
“Just stay in your hometowns and do not go anywhere. Students who are scheduled to return to their hostels need not do so for now. Offices which are closed need not resume operation,” said Muhyiddin.
Ministries, he added, had been ordered to make necessary preparations to ensure the people’s basic needs such as food supply, water and electricity, garbage collection, sewerage, communications, logistics, security and public order are met.
He said the authorities observed 95% compliance of the MCO with only a few violations, adding that the police and army had been directed to take stern action against those who failed to adhere.
“I would like to thank those who have a great sense of awareness of the importance of staying at home during this period.
“You follow my instructions. You know that this is good for you, your family and the people around you.
“Your awareness and sincerity in abiding by the rules imposed by the government during the movement control order is highly commendable,” he said.
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