Govt CMCO extension is a sensible decision – Lee Lam Thye

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 – The government decision to extend the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) till June 9 is not without justification, said Alliance for Safe Community (Ikatan) chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He believes that in making a sensible decision, the government must have considered the advice of the Ministry of Health and National Security Council, as well as the views of those of who felt ending the CMCO now would be hasty and counterproductive.

“The CMCO that was introduced on May 4 opened up 27 economic sectors but put in place strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) in recognition of the fact that the war against COVID-19 is far from over.

“Our efforts, so far, have produced the desired results. The Ministry of Health deserves kudos for staying on top of surveillance, thereby keeping Malaysians safe,” he said in a statement today.

Lee said Malaysia has won recognition and praise from others, notably China and international observers, one of whom produced a video highlighting the country’s successes.

Lee reminded the public to be vigilant against carelessness and non-compliance which would negate the successes so far, and that it is important as more economic activity resumes.

“This is why community empowerment is so critical to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. There must be a balance between the need to exercise vigilance over the virus and the resumption of economic activity.

“People have to earn a living, and businesses have to survive, but it won’t be like before. It won’t be ‘business as usual’. There is a new norm to be followed to protect lives.

“There is, therefore, a great need to adhere to SOPs as introduced by the government and respective economic sectors,” he said.

Lee also praised the police for being ahead of the curve with the use of drones to monitor compliance with SOP in public places.


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