‘Extension needed in Sabah’

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans feel that the conditional movement control order imposed in the state which ends Dec 6, should be extended but with some adjustments in SOPs according to zones.

Sunita Rahman, 27, feels that there is a need to extend the conditional MCO but with some relaxed regulations at green and yellow zones because even though the cases need to be lowered, the economy must also get going.

“So the government must really draw out rules and measures to not only control people’s movements and activities but on the other hand, see that economic activities continue as well, ” said the 27-year-old part-time makeup entrepreneur.

Lawyer Yong Yit Jee, 33, thinks that the conditional MCO should be extended but with slightly more relaxed SOP in phases as there are still new clusters every now and then while Covid-19 cases are going up and down.

“The economy has been badly hit and we have to worry about the mental health of the public too. The suicide rate is alarming. Public mental health shouldn’t be neglected, ” he said.

Office worker Lorraine Jacob, 33, said the conditional MCO cannot end yet but economic activities must start with more sectors reopening provided there are strict guidelines and SOP in place.

“We cannot hide forever but we must start slowly, people must adapt to new norms in life which includes following the SOP such as wearing masks, ” she said.

However, pharmacist Liew Yun from Keningau feels that the conditional MCO should be continued and with tightened SOP as people were already getting too lenient.

“There is no way to stop the transmission of Covid-19 if we become more relaxed and the regulations are not enforced, ” said the 28-year-old.

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