Like many others, we woke up to the news of MCO 3.0 possibly on the way and it’s trending all over social media.
This comes after Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the movement control order needed to be reviewed and re-evaluated as the spread of the virus in Malaysia has been going from bad to worst.
According to The Star, sources claim that a 2-week MCO 3.0 might be enforced in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor and Sarawak soon. Word on the street has it that the implementation would likely be like MCO 2.0 – where “economic activities were allowed but schools were closed and social and religious activities barred”. Dine-ins would also be a no-go.
Of course, the government understands that numerous Ramadan bazaars and Hari Raya celebrations would be greatly impacted. “The MCO in five districts in Kedah yesterday is part of the proposal which was presented to the National Security Council on Friday. But we decided to impose it on Kedah earlier as the situation is alarming,” the source told the publication.
To quote Twitter user Sean Thum, if MCO 3.0 were to take place:
1. When will it be announced?
2. How short is the gap from announcement to implementation?
3. When will the SOPs be announced?
4. How long will it be for?
5. What are the steps the government is taking to get out of this revolving door scenario?
“An MCO is very disruptive to the people, especially from an economic perspective. The people are already suffering from MCO 1.0 and MCO 2.0. If MCO 3.0 is announced without proper preparation, the people’s suffering will only increase,” said opposition lawmaker Dr Ong Kian Ming.
The Bangi DAP MP continued, “For example, how many people can sit 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.”
If you wanna do MCO, do it hard & do it fast. Close all sectors. Make sure you give people cash to stay home. An MCO without closing down factories & mandating WFH is pointless. I'm sure @MuhyiddinYassin can figure that out. It's not rocket science.#KerajaanGagal
— Luke C. Acc (@3ff3mall) May 2, 2021
Trying to figure out whether a half-baked MCO 3 (similar to a MCO2) be any different for those who really suffered under MCO 1
Gyms, restaurants, tourism, small businesses etc would be affected either way
We should just do a proper MCO for 3-4 weeks and then move on
— Nimalan Devaraja (@Nimalan21) May 2, 2021
The official announcement will be made tomorrow or sometime this week.