After being told to stay home for more than 40 days, one would think that Malaysians would be happy if the government partially lifts the Movement Control Order (MCO).
It turns out it's the complete opposite.
Big changes to the MCO
On Friday (1 May), Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the country will now observe a Conditional MCO, a couple of days after Phase 4 started.
Some of the changes include a more relaxed approach to the MCO: almost all sectors of the economy and business activities will be allowed to operate, non-contact sports like jogging and badminton are now allowed and restaurants can now reopen (according to certain guidelines, of course).
All these changes will take effect on 4 May, according to PM Muhyiddin.
However, despite the loosening of the MCO, some restrictions are still in place.
Certain businesses that involve big crowds such as cinemas, night clubs, bazaars and exhibitions would not be allowed, as with close contact sports such as swimming, football and rugby.
Schools, colleges and universities will remain closed, and social activities such as open houses, concerts, banquets and religious activities and gatherings are still prohibited for now.
Interstate travels, especially during the Hari Raya period, are still prohibited (except for work travels).
Malaysians are not entirely happy
Despite the loosening of the MCO, Malaysians have taken to their social media pages to voice their concerns.
Most opined that it's way too soon to partially lift the MCO, considering the number of daily COVID-19 cases are still in the dozens.
What do you guys think? Do you guys think the government made the right decision?
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