Fatimah (second right) speaks at the press conference.

MUKAH: The stay at home and stay safe advice during the movement control order (MCO) can help to enhance family bonding, said Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She said for kids and young children, staying put at home during the MCO was very challenging.

This was partly because they were not used to the current situation compared with what they used to do prior to the MCO.

“Somehow, the MCO helps to create family bonding between parents and children, and hopefully they can utilise the time being together,” she told a press conference after chairing the Mukah Division Disaster Management Committee meeting on MCO and Covid-19 here on Tuesday.

According to her, during the MCO, family members, especially the children could help with the household chores.

 For example, she said parents and children could prepare meals or make cakes together and this could help create fun activities while teaching the young ones new lessons.

Fatimah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman, added that children could also use the time to read and study at home.

She said spending time together doing home activities could help to reduce boredom among families.

The government has extended the MCO from April 1 to April 14 in its effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic which had claimed 34 lives in Malaysia as of Tuesday.