MCO Phase 3 Starts Today; What's Going To Change?

Lesser COVID-19 cases, hopefully

  • Wednesday, 15 April 2020
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MCO Phase 3 Starts Today; What's Going To Change?

Stricter enforcement!

Congratulations, comrades! We have successfully survived 28 days of Movement Control Order (MCO). Wasn't so bad, was it? 

According to Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, phase one and two of the MCO yielded positive results. However, phase three (April 15 - 28) is important to bring the number of cases down further. 

So, is phase three going to be any different than the previous one? Not really. 

For the most part, the same rules apply: only one person in a household can leave the house to get the essentials; food and beverage outlets can only operate untill 8pm, you cannot travel more than 10 kilometres from your homes and all that. 

Only one major difference

You can get someone else to do your laundry
The one major difference in phase three will that more businesses will be allowed to operate, hence more people going out to work. 

When announcing the extension of the MCO, prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the government would allow selected sectors to start operating after considering the economic impact.

Some of the businesses that will be allowed to operate - subject to approvals by the related departments - are launderettes (not self-service laundromats), hardware stores, electrical and electronics stores, and others. 

You might be dragged straight to court if you flaunt MCO laws

Stay home or you might get an extended stay in prison
Today (April 14), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government will be focusing less on issuing compounds to those flaunting the laws governing MCO and will start booking them to be sent to straight to court. 

“We see that the rakyat are acting as if they don’t care or are not afraid of the laws we have today. Maybe RM1,000 is not seen as too high to scare them, those of whom are still continuously violating the MCO.

“So we agreed that the police, beginning tomorrow, won’t focus on compounds. Beginning tomorrow, those who are caught will be remanded and brought straight to court," he said during a press conference aired live on social media. 

What does this mean? It means that you could be jailed for up to two years for the first offence or up to five years for subsequent offences. 

Stay in, stay safe

Let's not take the gradual flattening of the curve for granted, guys. Practice staying at home, good hygiene, and support the frontliners in the fight against COVID-19. 

Wouldn't you be angry if you're one of the policemen standing out in the heat and rain, listening to ridiculous excuses from people who're merely restless? 

How 'bout the health care workers who have to stay away from their families and work for crazy hours? 

While there is a over 90 per cent compliance of the MCO so far, the government has detained a total of 9,090 people for not following the MCO. 

Don't be the person to add to that statistics. 

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