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Covid-19: Army may be deployed to enforce restricted movements

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

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PUTRAJAYA — March 19, 2020: The military may be deploy to enforce the movement control order (MCO) if compliance remains low,.

This possibility was among the suggestions raised at a special meeting on non-health related matters.

The police had estimated that compliance with the 14-day movement restriction order effective yesterday was around 60 per cent.

“I hope this will not be necessary but if the compliance remains low, there is a big possibility the military will be used,” said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

During the restriction period, only those in essential services are allowed to go to work while business premises like supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores are allowed to open.

Restaurants and stalls too can open but only to provide delivery services and takeaways.

Those ignoring the order can be fined not more than RM1,000 or jailed for not more than six months or both.

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