PETALING JAYA | A movement control order will be imposed from tomorrow until the end of the month to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Prime Minister announced the measure after chairing the National Security Council (NSC) last night.
“The government has decided to enact the measure, starting March 18 until March 31, throughout the whole country.
“This order is being issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967, ” he said during a special broadcast.
The measure will restrict the movement and congregation at religious, sport, social and cultural events.
While public and business premises will be closed, Muhyiddin announced that supermarkets, sundry shops and other shops which sell daily essentials will remain open.
Overseas travel for Malaysians will be restricted while those returning to the country must undergo health checks and voluntary quarantine.
Educational centres and schools, including higher learning institutions, will also be closed during this period.
The Prime Minister assured the public that essential services will continue.
These include health services, utilities such as fuel and electricity, along with the Fire and Rescue Department, police and those involved in the food supply chain.
Muhyiddin said he will chair daily NSC meetings and periodic updates will be announced to the public.
He also urged for all Malaysians to be patient during these trying times and to comply with the restrictions.
He assured the public that enough food and essentials are available, including face masks.
But at the same time, he said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will monitor the supply of these items.
“I realise the public might feel these actions create difficulties and hardships during their day to day lives. However, such action must be taken by the government to contain the outbreak.
“We cannot wait any longer for the situation to turn more dire. Drastic measures have to be taken immediately, ” he said.
He urged the public not to panic and remain calm.
“I believe that with these measures, we will be able to contain the outbreak soon, ” he said.
Muhyiddin also thanked those directly involved in combating the Covid-19 outbreak, including health officers and public servants who have been working around the clock.
“I pray that you will remain strong in performing your duties for the country to ensure public safety, ” he said.