Stricter effort to curb pandemic lauded


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

Former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

PETALING JAYA: Ahead of the government announcing tighter regulations under the movement control order (MCO), anti-crime leaders are lauding a stricter effort to curb the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus that is ravaging countries around the world.

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the move to impose a stricter MCO is timely as the government must limit the movement of the people to ensure the chain of Covid-19 transmission is broken.

He added that the movement of the people should be limited, especially in hotspot areas, where the number of infections has risen.

“No one should be allowed to leave or enter a hotspot area.

“Such a move will go a long way in curbing the spread of the virus,” he said when contacted.

Musa also called on the authorities to take stern action against stubborn people who still refuse to adhere to the MCO.

“There should be no more compromise as the police and military have given the people enough time to comply with the MCO,” he added.

Today, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will announce a standard operating procedure drawn up by the National Security Council for a stricter MCO as it stretches to April 14. It was originally slated to run from March 18 to 31.

Ismail Sabri has indicated that the new regulations may involve the people’s movements in regard to shopping and going out to buy food, which is currently allowed with some restrictions.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, chairman of the Alliance for Safe Community, echoed Musa’s call to further limit movement in hotspots or red-zone areas.

“The tightening of SOP for a more stringent MCO is unavoidable as some people have not taken the order seriously, coming up with all kinds of excuses and even lies when questioned by the authorities ... this should not be the way.

“No one, not even the World Heath Organisation, can predict when the Covid-19 pandemic will end. So every Malaysian must respond in the right way by doing their part to enable the country to win the fight against the virus,” he said.

Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft (Marah) founder Dave Avran said: “This is not a holiday, people. Patients are dying, and our healthcare and support services staff have heroically stepped up but they are overwhelmed.”

“Please – let’s encourage each other to obey the rules and overcome this.”

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