Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin
Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin announced the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) for another two weeks, until 12 May 2020.
"Although there is a decrease in COVID-19 cases, we must proceed to take precautions until we have overcome the pandemic. The war against COVID-19 is yet to be won, but I am confident soon we will", Muhyiddin said
However, the Prime Minister is in the midst of plans for leniency during Ramadan, now that the country is seeing positive results (63.2% COVID-19 Recovery rate). Over 100,000 college students that have been held up on their campuses during the MCO may be allowed to return home through a carefully strategized process that is being planned and strategized by the Government.
Individuals that were forced to stay in their hometown or elsewhere during the MCO will be allowed to return home (one-way trip). Those involved are required to submit an online application through the PDRM app or to approach a Police Station to make the requests.
Although the MCO may be extended furthermore after the fourth phase, companies in several sectors will be allowed to operate, subject to compliance with the terms of the Prime Minister's Office. If COVID 19 cases continue to show a significant decline, the Government is likely to be more lenient towards the movement control in several sectors, including social enterprises; This is to enable a more comfortable living environment for us all. The National Security Council is actively devising a comprehensive plan regarding this matter.
"With the extension of the MCO, the Government is currently looking into measures to revive the economy.
I have directed the Ministry of Finance, the Economic Planning Unit, and Prime Minister's Office, to draft a short, medium- and long-term Economic Recovery Plan", Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin added.