Does Malaysia still need MCO if Covid-19 ‘just a danger in Parliament’? Najib asks

Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on February 11, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on February 11, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak questioned the need for a movement control order (MCO) after the government announced today a revocation of previous restrictions on various activities, including travel and dine-in, nationwide.

The Pekan MP on trial for corruption pointed out that many economic sectors were now allowed, but wryly noted that Parliament was still suspended.

He was commenting on Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement earlier this evening, lifting the two-person limit for each table in restaurants as well as passengers in cars.

Najib also noted the removal of a 10km travel limit announced yesterday.

He said: “4D shops, slot machine shops, casinos reopened” and asked if there was a need for the police to man roadblocks or patrol the country to ensure MCO compliance.

“Do we still need MCO if Covid is just a danger in Parliament?” he posted on his Facebook page.

In his announcement earlier, Ismail Sabri said all restaurants nationwide are allowed to seat more than two people at a table for dine-in meals effective tomorrow, regardless of whether they were located in areas under MCO or otherwise.

The defence minister also said there will no longer be a limit to how many passengers are allowed in one vehicle; instead, the number of occupants should follow the vehicle’s capacity.

However, he added that social events like wedding receptions are still not allowed to be held in MCO states, though he said the akad nikah, which is the solemnisation of marriages for Muslims in mosques will be allowed, capped at 20 attendees, excluding the qadi (marriage official) and a witness.

The current MCO, which was to end tomorrow, has been extended for another two weeks, until March 4, for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Penang.

All other states, except for Perlis and Sarawak, will be placed under CMCO according to the same time frame.

Sarawak is the only state under CMCO currently. It started on February 15 and was scheduled to end on March 1, when the rest of the country was placed under restrictions that banned inter-state and inter-district travel.

The extension of these new restriction conditions nationwide is set to start on February 19 and end on March 4, except for Sarawak.

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