It has been announced that more than a third of Malaysia’s population will once again be placed under conditional movement restrictions as Covid-19 cases spiked following a recent outbreak from a state election.
The conditional movement order (CMCO) for the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and Selangor state – the country’s most populous region and main economic hub, is set to begin on 14 October and will last until 27 October, said Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The entire state of Sabah, where said state elections were being held, will also come under CMCO.
“To prevent further spreading of the infection, the National Security Council has agreed to impose the conditional MCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya,” said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri on Monday at his regular Covid-19 briefing.
The previous CMCO ended in June, and was followed by the “recovery” MCO, which loosened many restrictions and reopened many businesses and social activities. The new CMCO will impact some 7.6 million residents in the Klang Valley, as Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor districts are often called – consisting of 23 per cent of Malaysia’s 32 million population.
Fortunately, Mr Ismail Sabri has also stated that all economic activities in Selangor, Putra Jaya, and Kuala Lumpur are still allowed to operate. This is a huge boon for the economy, which has only just started on the road to recovery. While some businesses will be forced to have a few employees work from home, the pandemic has forced many businesses to accelerate digital transformation. This means that they are more well equipped to handle such arrangements this time around.
On the other hand, schools and educational institutions have been ordered to remain shut for the period, which will definitely hurt the education industry in the short run.