KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya to be placed under CMCO


KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya peeps will have to prepare to stock up on essentials and stay home for the next 2 weeks, as Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has just announced via a live broadcast that a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be implemented in these 3 states from 14th to 27th October.

The rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Klang Valley, especially in red zones such as Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, and Klang, has prompted the government to enforce this CMCO to help curb the spread of the virus and flatten the curve in Malaysia.


Inter-district travelling not allowed


This round of CMCO implementation will have inter-district travelling barred, which means that driving to and from say, Klang to Petaling will not be allowed. Those who need to travel between districts during the CMCO period must present proof – either in the form of a work pass or a consent letter from employers.

malaysian buying groceries during covid
Image credit: Xinhua

There’s no need to go into panic-buying mode and hoard toilet paper like many did during the first wave of COVID-19 – rest assured that a maximum of two people from each household are allowed to go out and buy groceries any time.

Meanwhile, e-learning will have to continue for now as all schools, tertiary learning institutions, kindergartens, nurseries, tahfiz centres, places of worship, and the like will be closed.

virtual graduation during covid
Image credit: @mohammadshahhosseini, Unsplash

We’ll also have to find our own entertainment at home as going to recreational parks, entertainment centres, and nightclubs, and engaging in sports activities, weddings, and other forms of social and cultural gatherings are prohibited.

In spite of the above, shops and businesses will still be allowed to operate with a stricter SOP that will soon be provided by the National Security Council. Still, do practice social responsibility regardless and only go out if necessary, not just because you’re bored.


New cases have been hitting record highs


Malaysia’s COVID cases have been rising alarmingly, with a new record high of 691 cases last week, and 561 cases – the second highest daily number of new cases in history – just yesterday. 

malaysia covid cases chart
Image credit: @kementeriankesihatanmalaysia

With Sabah already on a 2-week interstate travel ban, the government is taking necessary measures to make sure that the situation doesn’t spiral out of control. So a period of CMCO in the Klang Valley is vital, even if it means we have to put plans on hold for a while.


CMCO in KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya recently announced


The news of KL, Selangor, and Putrajaya going into CMCO 2 days from now may come off as abrupt to some people, but remember that the health and well-being of Malaysians are of utmost priority in the face of the pandemic.

This third wave of COVID-19 is heartbreaking after months of efforts by many people to curb the outbreak, but as our health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said in a Facebook post, “We have a small window of opportunity to do it right and flatten the curve again.” Only through the collective effort of Malaysians, we can take this chance to pull through the pandemic together.

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