Don’t let your guard down despite relaxed MCO rules, says Lam Thye

PETALING JAYA: The conditional movement control order (MCO) may have been relaxed but people should not take it as a sign to let their guard down, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said that lifting the ban on interstate travel and allowing the maximum number of passengers in cars is good news for the people, especially those preparing to celebrate Christmas.

“These measures will certainly boost the economy and throw a lifeline, especially for small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and family-owned businesses,” he said.

He however added that people should still continue to be cautious and as negligence could lead to increased Covid-19 infections.

Lee advised people to try and strike a balance between lives and livelihoods.

“We must continue to exercise utmost precautions, like wearing masks, avoiding crowded places and practicing physical distancing. There can be no compromises where these measures are concerned,” he said.

Lee also said it was time for employers to also consider reopening offices to allow workers to work from more conducive spaces.

He said while working from home provided some relief, there was no substitute for an office environment where necessary facilities and opportunities for better worker interaction is available.

On Saturday (Dec 5), the government lifted the ban on interstate travel except to places still under an enhanced MCO, and more people are also allowed to travel in vehicles, as long as it does not exceed the vehicle’s seating capacity.

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