KUCHING: The extension of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) until Nov 27 has received a nod of approval from most Sarawakians.
Some opined that the implementation of the CMCO for the second time in Sarawak was a wise decision made, seeing as Kuching was declared a red zone.
However, some reacted differently to the extension, while acknowledging that it is an important measure that has to be taken to curb the virus.
New Sarawak Tribune reached out to several individuals to get their opinions and reactions towards the decision made by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
Dr Hafizul Rasdi
In my opinion, the extension of the CMCO is seen as less appropriate for the current situation. We need to look at this matter by thinking about its impact on the economy and the people. What needs to be done at this time is to end the CMCO and strengthen the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) as well as inspections by authorities.
Mohd Nazirul Haziq
The decision to extend the CMCO for another week is appropriate, considering we still have Covid-19 cases in the state even though the number is relatively small compared to other states, especially Sabah and Selangor.
The decision to impose CMCO in Kuching is definitely a good idea due to the reason that the distribution of these cases is not limited to specific areas. I hope this will help to reduce the number of cases and eventually turn Kuching from red to green.
Amanda Nantie Benjamin
The decision to extend the CMCO is a good one because Malaysia is back to having four-digit cases and is a good implementation to curb the rapid spread of the virus. Not only does it help to decrease the number of cases in Sarawak, it also helps the public to better adhere to the SOPs in their daily lives.
It is a wise decision made for the greater good. Although people would have to be further away from their families and our frontliners have to fight harder, this is the only way to control the public and to break the chain of infection.