States can tailor SOP but not be lenient

  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Each state can use the standard operating procedure (SOP) that the government has outlined in relaxing the movement control order (MCO) and tailor it to suit the situation in their respective states, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

However, each state should not be more lenient in its relaxation of the MCO, as they still have to implement the SOP that has been outlined by the Federal Government.

“We have set a general guideline, an SOP, during a special National Security Council meeting last week, chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by mentris besar and chief ministers.

“We agreed that each state can tailor this SOP to their own states and districts – but it needs to be based on the SOP that has been decided by the Federal Government.

“For example, a restaurant is allowed to open until 10pm. But in small towns, such as in my constituency of Bera in Pahang, no one goes out after 8pm, especially during the Ramadan month.

“So the restaurant operators are allowed to close early as there is no income after 8pm.

“But if we say they are allowed to open until 10pm, but a restaurant wants to open until midnight, that shouldn’t happen, ” he said during a press conference yesterday.

Nine states have announced their decision to either postpone or opt out from the conditional MCO, at least until a decision is made by the respective governments on the next course of action.

When asked whether the government will re-enforce the MCO country-wide should Covid-19 cases spike again, Ismail Sabri said that the government will close the locality where there was a spike in cases.

“We will enforce it according to the locality where the cases are, not the whole of Malaysia, ” he added.

On interstate travel, he said that Malaysians who are going to return to the city can either use the Gerak Malaysia app or go to the police station to report that they were travelling from their hometowns back to the city.

“The Gerak Malaysia app is one of the ways an individual can inform the police that they will be travelling back to the city.

“If there are issues with the app, they can present themselves at the (nearest) police station to inform the authorities that they will be travelling (interstate), ” he said.

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