Move to let certain services operate under MCO flawed, says Pakatan

The government has drawn flak for it decision to allow non-essential services to resume as the country enters the third phase of a national shutdown. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 11, 2020.

PUTRAJAYA did not think through its decision to allow more sectors to operate in the third phase of the movement control order, Pakatan Harapan said today, particularly with regard to who should be permitted to open and the standard operating procedures for their compliance.

The PH secretariat council said some permitted industries, such as barber shops and traditional and complementary medicine practitioners, were not essential services and their selection raised the question of how the government came to decide which businesses could resume during a national shutdown.

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  • Optometrists are also in serious risk. As for traditional and complementary medicine they will only complicate matters with all kinds of panacea and cure for Covid-19!

    Posted 5 months ago by Simple Sulaiman

  • They have brains but just cant think very well. Many of the ministers are specialists in sucking wealth. They are just not good at any other things.

    Posted 5 months ago by James Wong

  • I'm of the view that as a society we are progressively moving towards the new norm brought to bear by COVID-19 and the move to allow the resumption of services that some may deem as "non-essential" is a welcome one.

    As a business owner, if you are not comfortable to open your shop even after the restriction is lifted, then don't. If, on the other hand, you chose to open your business, do so responsibly in such a way that would minimise the risk of infection.

    Look no further that the way that the supermarkets are operating right now with temperature check upon entry, limiting of the number of patrons at any given time, and constant sanitisation of trolleys.

    The prime minister in his latest address has broached the notion that the MCO may be extended further, the economic impact of which can not be underestimated.

    Absence the ability to operate my business I may have to lay off my staffs and close my business altogether - a reality that plenty of small and medium enterprises are facing right now.

    Posted 5 months ago by Abdul Rahman A.