MCO 2.0 Within Expectation

Just like most people expected, MCO 2.0 arrives following the official announcement made by our Prime Minister – Muhyiddin bin Haji Muhammad Yassin, on 11 January 2021. Without much surprises, this is one of the most possible ways to curb the spread of Covid19, given the rising number of cases during the past few months.

Despite the rising number, I can see there is still many people wandering out there without performing proper precaution to try avoiding the spread of Covid19. From gathering to the celebration of last Christmas as well as New Year Eve, those are the main factors driving the recent spike in number of cases.

With the absence of strict control by the local authority, citizens are just unable to control themselves and to behave properly under the framework of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). This is also why our government is in real need to implement Movement Control Order (MCO), which has been known as the MCO 2.0 (the second time since the last one started in March 2020).

What Has Caused MCO 2.0?

Many people have been asking: What caused the occurrence of MCO 2.0? Many people blame it for the recent Sabah election which took place on 26 September 2020. Ever since the Sabah election, number of cases started to rise in Sabah, and was brought to West Malaysia after the return flight of politicians from Sabah. Nonetheless, the above is just some speculations made by the public.

Since then, the number of cases has been on the rise. As a matter of fact, the number of Covid19 positive cases just hit 3,337 on 14 January 2021 – the highest record since its first outbreak in the first quarter of 2020. It’s indeed a worrying figure.

Put aside factors that cause the deterioration in local number of case, it seems like our government has made the right move – implementing MCO 2.0. However, just like the previous MCO, many citizens are confused about the DOs and DON’Ts during the period. Let us share with you some of the insights.

Is the Whole Malaysia Under MCO 2.0?

Well, MCO 2.0 will only be carried out in 8 states of Malaysia, namely Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, Malacca, Johor and Sabah. These are the states categorised as red zone, for which the number of cases is extraordinarily high.

Meanwhile, Perlis and Sarawak will be enforced with RMCO 2.0, while the rest of all states fall under the category of CMCO 2.0. States under CMCO 2.0 and RMCO 2.0 won’t have regulation as stringent as those states under MCO 2.0. The purpose is to curb the spread of Covid19, while allowing the local economy to grow robustly at the same time.

A List of Businesses That Are Allowed to Operate

According to the official announcement made by The Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Ministry, some of the businesses that are allowed to carry on during MCO 2.0 include:

  • Specialty retail stores at petrol stations
  • Vehicle sales and distribution centres
  • Vehicle workshops
  • Pet food stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Stationery stores
  • Electric and electronic stores
  • Jewellery stores
  • Furniture stores
  • Restaurants
  • Laundry services
  • Convenience stores and mini-marts
  • Pharmacies and self-care outlets
  • Departmental stores
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  • Shopping complexes

It’s worth highlighting that dine-in is strictly prohibited in all restaurants. That said, only take-away (Dabao) is allowed.

Our government also allows approximately 30% of the employees (mainly management level) in any company to go back office and work. This is to ensure the sustainability and productivity of all commercial activities.

Well, What You Can Do and Cannot Do?

Do not get yourself confused with all the new laws and policies set by our government during this critical period. The government will impose penalty on those who doesn’t adhere to the law. As such, we have sorted out some information for our readers for clearer interpretation.

Things You Can’t Do During MCO 2.0:

  • You can’t travel to any destination further than 10km from your house
  • More than 2 persons are not allowed in a single car
  • No social gatherings, such as meetings, wedding, prayers, are allowed
  • You are not allowed to travel interstate
  • Not allowed to jog in public places
  • Most group sport activities are disallowed
  • You are advised not to go Genting Casino so often.

Things You Can Do During MCO 2.0

  • Stay home and spend more time with you family
  • You are allowed to work from home
  • You are allowed to carry out video meeting through Skype or Zoom
  • You are allowed to travel nearby for day-to-day activities, such as buying grocery, takeaway food, purchasing necessities, etc.
  • You are allowed to submit special application for approval from police, if you would like to cross state with important agenda
  • Just sit back and relax, play MEGA888 slot games

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Lastly, we really want to advise everyone to keep staying at home, avoid staying outside too frequently. We can see that many people around us, despite having symptoms that could possibly be positive Covid19, still going around like nothing happened.

For the sake of our children and their future, it’s really important for us to stay home and stay safe. Hope the pandemic will get over soon.


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