MCO 3.0: the economic sector must remain open or the country will lose billions a day, according to the Prime Minister


PUTRAJAYA: The economic sector must remain open during the third order of movement control (MCO 3.0) to prevent the country from losing billions a day, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The prime minister said the government would, however, keep an eye on factories and workers’ dormitories to prevent the emergence of clusters of Covid-19.

“We have learned from past experiences that if we close the economic sector, the country loses RM2.4 billion per day and the unemployment rate increases.

“Although the economic sector is closed, we will strictly monitor business premises, factories and staff quarters to prevent transmissions of Covid-19.

“Thus, I urge employers and workers to adhere to workplace SOPs at all times and implement work-from-home policies to reduce congestion at work,” Muhyiddin said during a speech. televised by Hari Raya on Wednesday 12 May.

MCO 3.0 started on Wednesday in the Peninsular States and is expected to end on June 7.

The education and sport sectors are closed and social activities are not allowed.

Dining in restaurants is prohibited, but take-out and food deliveries are permitted.

Daily Covid-19 figures in Malaysia approached the 5,000 mark on Wednesday, with 4,765 new cases recorded.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the country has also reached a record 39 deaths.


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