Dr Annuar Rapaee

KUCHING: The decision to relax the movement control order (MCO) and replace it with the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is well received by Assistant Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said he did not oppose the CMCO as it was done so that economic activities could resume and the people could get on with their daily lives.

“There was talk that the MCO was going to be relaxed even before Ramadan, and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) also agreed to relax the opening hours of businesses from 7am until 10pm.

“At the time, I disagreed with the move and thankfully my view was considered as we could not relax the MCO at the time; the cumulative active cases and cumulative discharged cases had not reached a point where they intercepted in the graph.

“What it means at the time was that the burden on front-liners was still very high and if we relaxed the MCO then, it would strain our resources,” he said in video message shared on his Facebook on Thursday.

Dr Annuar recalled that on April 28, the graph finally intercepted and dispersed, meaning that the new active cases were less than total discharged cases which translated to fewer burdens for the frontliners.

“The frontliners then can breathe a sigh of relief as new cases are less than discharged cases. When the government finally relaxed the MCO, I had no objection and I took the decision well.”

He also expressed gratitude after Sibu obtained its own polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine for Covid-19 testing at Sibu Hospital.

“I thank the anonymous donor for donating the item. With the machine, we now have the capacity to perform Covid-19 tests and do not need to depend on Kuching,” he said.