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MCO 3.0 falls short of objectives

Although it has been more than a month since the announcement of the Movement Control Order 3.0 (MCO 3.0) by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, we have not seen any significant decrease in the number of Covid cases.

On the contrary, it seems to be on an uptrend. On Tuesday, the number of new cases has shot up to more than 7000, with Selangor leading the pack with more than 3000 cases.
What has gone wrong? Is it our fault of not following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) or is it the government’s fault of not putting in stricter SOPs?

The slow rate of vaccination is also perceived as another weakness in the efforts to curb the rising Covid cases. This has affected not only our economy, but also our daily life too.

Umno Youth Exco Mustafa Shah Abdul Hamid recently said that the government needed to do a post mortem in regard to the increase in Covid-19 transmission cases despite having implemented the MCO 3.0.

He said the government should also review the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) after the previous MCO which was deemed to have failed in reducing the number of new cases.

“A long MCO not only affects the living norms of the community, but also affects the people’s economy, especially small traders and those who earn daily wages. Until then, how much longee do we have to be in this situation when the people are suffering more and more?

“The implementation of the half-baked MCO and the failure to control the operations of factories are the main reasons for the increase in Covid-19 infection, especially in the Klang Valley,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Association of Public Health Physicians President Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said a comprehensive approach needs to be devised including changing existing mechanism.

This includes reviewing the MCO and the EMCO which are seen as futile and troublesome for the people who are living in growing desperation.

“Next, screening and vaccination measures have to be implemented immediately. The same goes for isolating those who are positive,” he said, as reported by Utusan Online.

Selayang MCA Youth Chief Chan Wun Hoong said, the Selangor state government does not have a good planning and strategy in controlling the spread of Covid-19, causing the state to record the highest daily cases in the country.

He said the epidemic prevention measures from the local authorities are also not implemented effectively.

“This has resulted in the people of Selangor living in a worsening situation. This is very worrying situation” he said in a statement last Saturday.

Furthermore, failing to adhere to the SOPs has also contributed to the MCO 3.0 failure.

The number of offenders on Tuesday was the highest so far this year, with a total of 1,214 individuals being booked.

The then Senior Minister (Security), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 1,107 individuals were compounded while 107 were remanded.

“Among the offences recorded are non-physical distancing of 267, not wearing face mask (224), failure to record personal details/check-in at premises (158), failure to comply with MCO instructions (134), carrying excessive passengers (103), entertainment center activities ( 24) as well as 304 for other offences, “he said.

The number surpassed the previous high of 987 individuals arrested last Thursday.

Taking all these factors into account, it would be worthwhile to heed the advice by Dr Zainal that we do really need a new approach in tackling the pandemic and the vaccination has to be hastened so that Covid-19 will become history soon.

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