Most M’sians okay with longer MCO

PETALING JAYA: Almost half of Malaysians are willing to abide by the movement control order (MCO) should it get extended once again, a survey revealed.

A poll by international agency YouGov Omnibus found that 46% of the 1,105 Malaysians surveyed said they were willing to abide by the MCO should this be indefinitely extended – as long as it would take to combat the spread of Covid-19.The survey, which was provided to The Star, showed that about a quarter said they were willing to abide by the extension for another two weeks while 15% had no issue with the MCO being extended even for another month.

One in seven or 14% said they were agreeable should the MCO get extended for another three to six months.

The survey also found that a majority of Malaysians or 87% had agreed with the first extension of the MCO while only 5% disagreed with it.

The first phase of the MCO came into force on March 18 and ended on March 31 while the second phase began on April 1 and is scheduled to end on April 14.

Today, the government is expected to announce whether the MCO will be further extended.

Four in five Malaysians polled or 89% claimed that they had been closely following the updates on the MCO while only 3% admitted they had not been doing so.

The survey revealed that those aged between 35 and 44 were found to be those most likely not to follow the order closely while 7% claimed not to do so.

The poll also found that 59% of Malaysians’ income remained unaffected by the MCO while 38% said otherwise.

Almost half or 46% of Malaysians surveyed felt optimistic about the nation’s economic future following the fiscal stimulus package announced by the government.

About 26% felt pessimistic while one in three people was undecided.

Those from high-income households of more than RM8,000 a month – 49% – said they were much more likely to feel pessimistic than low-income earners, with less than RM4,000 a month or 18%.

Asia-Pacific YouGov Omnibus chief Jake Gammon said although a significant number of Malaysians had their income affected by the MCO, “it appears that most are cooperative and in support of it”.

On April 4, The Star reported that an online survey conducted by the National Security Council revealed that an overwhelming 96% of 230,562 people polled want stricter enforcement of the second phase of the MCO.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

poll , mco , extension


Next In Nation

20 soldiers detained for robberies at sea, says Home Ministry
Syabu most seized drug in KL, says police
18 detained in connection with kidnapping Palestinian man
King grants audience to Turkish Parliament Speaker
Social media, messaging apps linked to over 600 sexual crimes against children below 18, Parliament told
Over RM2.5bil lost to phone scams since 2018, says Home Minister
Malaysia marks sixth consecutive term in ICAO Council
LHDN withdraws income tax appeal against Najib's daughter
Toddler dies after falling from baby chair
No bounty for wanted man Jho Low, says Home Ministry

Others Also Read