SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari emphasized today that the state government is not rejecting the implementation of a comprehensive movement control ordinance (MCO), but is calling for a holistic view of the matter.

He said his office also wanted to see if the MCO should be implemented as a coercive measure to prevent the uncontrolled spread of the disease.

“If the purpose is to stop the spread, we need to do more screening tests or it will spread at home. If the goal is to speed up vaccination, this is what we need to do.

“This measure may be necessary, but it must have a lifespan, and it is necessary to examine the relevant aspects, including the data of those affected by the MCO and the ability of the government to implement it,” he said in a press conference here today.

Amirudin said he would recommend several proposals on how to prepare for the implementation of the MCO, including whether it should be fully implemented during meetings scheduled with the federal government tomorrow and Friday.

Amiruddin said power to implement the full MCO rests with the National Security Council and the federal government. However, he called for a holistic view of issues such as mental health effects and income loss before making a decision.

The number of infections in Selangor skyrocketed today to 2,251, more than 500 more than the 1,743 cases reported yesterday.

The state government also launched the Selangor Prihatin humanitarian fund today to raise up to RM 1 million in funds to be passed on to the Palestinian people through the Selangor Peduli mission.

Amirudin said the campaign, launched by a non-governmental organization (NGO) with Global Peace Mission Malaysia, will run for 10 days from today.

He said the Selangor Peduli Palestine Mission was the first project under this fund to be approved by the state executive board, and tax exemptions were also offered to those who contributed.

“We are aiming for the Selangor Aid Truck to be set up as part of this mission, which will provide the Palestinians with medication in the form of ambulances and multi-purpose vehicles, as this is urgently needed, especially in Gaza,” he said. – Bernama

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