Is it necessary for a total lockdown in Malaysia?
According to Selangor Task Force Covid-19 Chairman, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, total lockdown should be considered as it would not only affect the household economy, but would also put pressure on many parties.
Early this year, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said Malaysia cannot afford total lockdown anymore as it will be “very detrimental” to the country’s economy
However the decision on whether the Federal Government will implement the full Movement Control Order (MCO) is expected to be discussed tomorrow.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at 3 pm will also be attended by all Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers in Putrajaya tomorrow.
Takiyuddin said the Federal Government ruled that the spread of COVID-19 is a very serious matter and based on yesterday’s statistics, the cumulative number of positive cases was almost half a million
“So far we have taken steps by holding MCO, MCO Recovery and MCO tightened either as a whole or targeted, depending on the situation to curb the spread of COVID-19,”
“The death toll is over 2,000 and we feel it is a very worrying matter and we are aware of the strong cooperation from the Ministry of Health and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM)”, he said at a press conference while attending the Kelantan State Special Security Committee (JKKNK) meeting chaired by Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob at the Kota Darulnaim Kota Bharu Complex, today.
Takiyuddin said the government is now fully focused on tackling COVID-19 and the less important issue will be postponed