PUTRAJAYA, May 11 — The Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 which will take effect from tomorrow is not similar to the first MCO because the government does not want to jeopardise the livelihood of the people, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the government wanted to strike a balance between health and the livelihood of the people after the country had lost RM2.4 billion per day during the implementation of the first MCO from March 18 to May 3, 2020, which saw the closure of all economic sector.

“When we announced the MCO 3.0 yesterday, some people are questioning why don’t we make it as (strict as) the first one. But if we do it like MCO 1.0, people will get angry as well. We cannot satisfy everybody.

“When we shut down all economic sectors, the most affected group will be small traders who are unable to survive,” he said in a joint press conference with Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah here, today.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that Malaysia would again implement the MCO nationwide from Wednesday to June 7 in an effort to curb the growing spread of COVID-19.


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