Implement targeted MCO only in red zones

Dr Madeline Berma

KUCHING: Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) Sarawak commissioner Datuk Dr Madeline Berma is of the view that the government should implement the targeted movement control order (MCO) only in red zones, not the whole country.

She said in the meantime, the government needed to think of other ways to reduce the spread of Covid-19 as the cases were still high despite a month after the implementation of the MCO.

“At the same time, the vaccination process must be expedited to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible,” she said.

Madeline stressed that testing should also be increased and   the standard operating procedures (SOPs)tightened.

“Apart from that, the government needs to re-examine the businesses to be classified as essential services.

“It should include computer, telephone and electrical shops for the needs of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) sessions, work from home and so forth,” she said.

Madeline was commenting on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement that the MCO would not end on Monday but would be continued until the middle of July.

Muhyiddin said the MCO would be extended as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country had yet to reach the threshold value below 4,000 cases as set.