Malaysia news: Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Movement Control Order (MCO) nationwide will be lifted after February 18, except for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor. The 4 states will have MCO extends until March 4 due to the high number of cases in the states.
Perlis is the only state to undergo the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) as it showed a decline in the cases. For Sarawak, the state will continue to implement Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from February 15 to March 1, as announced by the state government.
Besides, the Minister has declared the removal of 10km radius restriction for all states. This includes states with MCO after discussing with National Security Council (MKN). However, all states with the enforcement of MCO and CMCO could not have inter-state and inter-district travels. For the state with RMCO, inter-district travels are permitted, while inter-state travels are not allowed.
Restrictions in states under CMCO
Ismail Sabri has delivered the message that the government will remove the restriction of 2 patrons per table in CMCO and RMCO areas. The number of people per table will depend on the capacity and one-meter social distance rule. Next, the number of passengers allowed in vehicles will be based on the vehicle’s capacity instead of 2 people restriction. The Minister will further announce the details this coming Thursday (February 18).
In addition, the Minister added the government allows social activities such as wedding and parties in CMCO states, except with the limit of a maximum of 50 people in attendance. The public could carry out MICE events (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) with maximum attendants that fit 50% of the venue’s capacity.
Economic activities in CMCO states are allowed to operate from 6 a.m. until midnight. Meanwhile, spas and reflexology centres can continue their business as usual.
Impact of MCO on several sectors in Malaysia
The impact of MCO 2.0 on the economy is not as severe as in MCO 1.0. This is due to the vaccine for Covid-19 insight. Financial support from government to affected small and medium enterprises (SME) and households could reduce the impact on Malaysia economy. However, MCO 2.0 still influences job casualties and business in a negative way, other than the hardship faced by the low-income group.
MCO 2.0 has influenced the business sector due to the impact on SME through operational problems and financial problems. In term of operational problems, MCO 2.0 has caused disruption on the operation, supply chain, in addition to foresight the business direction in the future. While for financial problems, the enforcement led to cash flow imbalance, access to stimulus packages and increase the bankruptcy risk. The main survival strategies currently are to focus on financial and marketing strategies.
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