The government once again decided to extend the current implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 to two additional weeks. The new end date for MCO 2.0 is now 18 February 2021 according to the announcement made by Senior Minister for Security Cluster, Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
When it was announced back on 11 January, the implementation was supposed to end on 26 January. However, the end date was then moved to 4 February before today’s announcement revealed that MCO 2.0 will go on for two more weeks.
Once again, the directive applies to the whole country with the exception of Sarawak. Existing standard operating procedure (SOP) which include restrictions on the interstate and interdistrict movements also remained in place.
In a response to members of the media during today’s MCO daily briefing session, Minister Ismail has also revealed that the Attorney General’s Chambers are working on a draft ordinand that will see the increment of the compound for those that violated MCO’s SOPs. Late last month, the Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador has said that the RM 1,000 compound should be increased further.
With the number of positive COVID-19 cases are still in the four-digit region, the second extension of MCO 2.0 does not come as a surprise. Hence, we would like to urge you to continue adhering to a high level of personal hygiene and please wash your hands often as well practice social distancing and wear a face mask if you have to go out of your home.