Give people time, no more last-minute MCO, govt told

03-May-2021 Intellasia | Freemalaysiatoday | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Any move to carry out a third movement control order (MCO) in the Klang Valley must not be done at the last minute and without proper standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place, says DAP MP Ong Kian Ming.

Reminding the government that 10 million people live in the Klang Valley, the Bangi MP said an MCO is very disruptive especially from an economic perspective, adding that the people were already suffering from MCO 1.0 and MCO 2.0.

“If MCO 3.0 is announced without proper preparation, the people will only suffer more. There is much speculation that there will be another MCO in the Klang Valley next week, perhaps as early as Monday.

“If that is the case, the National Security Council (NSC) should already have a system in place to prepare the residents with advance warning before it is announced,” he said in a statement.

The former deputy international trade and industry minister warned that if the MCO is hurriedly announced without clear and proper SOPs in place, many people may also end up being fined RM10,000 or more because of the lack of clarity.

“For example, how many people can be in a car during MCO 3.0? One, two or three? I urge the ministers in charge to not announce another MCO in the Klang Valley at the last minute and without confirming the SOPs.”

Ong said if another MCO was a necessity, it merely proves that the emergency has failed in its objective to control the pandemic and bring down the Covid-19 infections.

As such, he urged Parliament to be reconvened urgently so that policies regarding the handling of the pandemic can be discussed openly.

He said the opposition and backbenchers can then question the ministers in charge of various aspects of the policies which most feel are being implemented without much thought and discussion.

“The rising Covid-19 numbers, the need to announce another MCO and the continued suspension of parliament shows that this is indeed a #KerajaanGagal or a #FailedGovernment,” he said.


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