18 March 2020 was the first time Malaysians were introduced to the term MCO (Movement Control Order), to combat the threat of the Covid 19 pandemic. Many acronyms later, Malaysians have found themselves back at square one when on 28 May 2021, the implementation of Phase 1 FMCO was announced once again to flatten the curve. Today marks 470 days Malaysians have been under various stages of lockdown but have they worked? The answer to that is regrettably no.
With only 17 sectors allowed to operate, many SMEs are on the brink of bankruptcy, if not already shuttered. It was reported that during the first quarter of 2021, on average, almost four suicide cases were reported to the police every day. Many from the B40 and M40 groups are struggling to put food on the table with debts skyrocketing. The number of Covid-19 cases though continues to hover between the 5,000 to 6,000 mark daily.
With negative impacts far outweighing the positives, should we call the current FMCO a failure? Read the full article here: Admit it, the lockdown hasn’t worked, say employers.