The Malaysian government has extended the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) to 31 December 2020 in a bid to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made the announcement in a televised national address tonight. He said the decision took into account the recent emergence of new clusters, and the number of daily new cases.

On June 7, the Prime Minister had announced that the recovery MCO would replace the earlier conditional movement control order after Malaysia successfully contained the spread of Covid-19 in the country. The recovery MCO, which went into force on June 7, was initially intended to end on August 31.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin also announced that the government is mulling an increase of fines for violators. But, he added that the relevant laws would need to be amended first. Warning that nobody should be exempted from the law, he said he supports the Ministry of Health’s proposal to increase the compound for breaking Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) by at least two times higher than the current amount of RM1,000. “However, the matter must be scrutinised first, with the appropriate amendments made to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 beforehand.”

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