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Police, with the help of army personnel, conduct a roadblock along the Klang-bound on the Federal Highway, on April 7, 2020. — Picture by ASRI SAPFIE/SELANGORKINI

MB: Selangor prepared if MCO re-enforced, hopes economy not affected

By Sheeda Fathil

SHAH ALAM, May 4 — Selangor is ready if the movement control order (MCO) is re-enforced in the state following the spike in daily Covid-19 cases.

However, its Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said that he hopes that the enforced MCO, which would be the third time it is implemented in the state, would not be as stringent as the first movement restriction last year which saw an impact on various sectors.

He said several matters have to be reviewed especially in terms of the economy and welfare of the people while the battle against the coronavirus continues.

“Of course, the MCO should be enforced in Selangor. We have provided several suggestions to the National Security Council in terms of controlling movement and activities within the state.

“We recommend that the MCO be implemented as a lot of the hospitals in the state have reached 70 per cent of bed capacity in use for the Covid-19 patients,” he said when met after witnessing the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Wanita Berdaya Selangor and Open University Malaysia at the Selangor State Secretariat building, here today.

Amirudin said that the state administration had also proposed for the MCO to be enforced only in the red zones while tightening the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in public areas.

“We have experienced the MCO twice, do we still remain under the conditional MCO (CMCO)? If the tightened guidelines are more or less like the MCO, then might as well enforce the MCO,” he said, adding that the Ramadan and Aidilfitri bazaars SOPs will also be reviewed to ensure that the economy is not affected.

Selangor is among five other states that are currently under the CMCO until May 17.

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