Saturday, May 15

#StayAtHome trending on social media as authorities implore M’sians to heed MCO


Stores remain shuttered even in shopping malls as Malaysians head the Movement Control Order (MCO). 

KUCHING: The #StayAtHome hashtag is now trending on social media during the second day of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to mitigate the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) in Malaysia.

Many netizens including Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi as well as Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian have shared #StayAtHome to call upon people across the country to comply with the MCO enforced from March 18 to 31.

On his Facebook page, Nanta said: “After the first day (of MCO) went by, people are already able to see and understand the situation for the next couple of days until March 31.”

He hoped that the community will continue to work together to confine their movement as the MCO moves into its second day so as to enable Malaysia to effectively curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) secretary-general also lauded and extended his appreciation to individuals who have been fighting the disease on the frontlines.

“And to those who need to work at the frontlines, thank you for your willingness and commitment!” he said.

Nanta said he hoped that people would not resort to panic buying but continue to practise social distancing as recommended by the state Health Department.

Elsewhere, the Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) of Rh Bajing, Niah was seen on social media to have set up a sign that prohibited outsiders from entering the village.

On that sign, JKKK Rh Bajing said individuals who remained stubborn and entered the village would be fined RM2,000.