The sudden increase of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia has ultimately led to the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MC0) on March 18.
Localised clusters began to emerge in March; the largest cluster was linked to a Tabligh gathering held in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
As the MCO commenced, the nation’s economy has become the primary public concern. Majority of the businesses in the country were unable to conduct their business operation.
At international level, import and export activities have also been disrupted.
From the consumers side, they have become more wary in their spending, prioritising on purchasing essential goods.
Subsequently, on March 27, Prime Minister Muhyiddin announced the Prihatin Rakyat economic stimulus package to cushion the standstill economy that happened because of MCO.
It was portrayed as a comprehensive package that would benefit Malaysians from various backgrounds.
Earlier on March 25, the Prime Minister announced that the MCO would be extended for another two weeks, lasting from April 1 to 14.
As the phase two of MCO commenced, stricter SOP was enforced by the government.
Operation for food delivery service had been shortened, from 8am to 8pm.
At the same time, the government also put the effort to bring back more Malaysians stranded overseas. But they must be quarantined for 14 days upon return.
Additionally, Ramadan bazaars were not allowed to operate during the MCO.
Due to their closure, the government tried to help these business owners by coming out with online bazaar as an alternative platform for them to conduct their sales during the MCO.
Yet, not everyone would be able to benefit from this initiative, particularly the older generation who would have trouble in keeping up with current technology.
The MCO was then extended again, moving to its third phase which would last from April 15 to 28.
The major difference for phase three is that more businesses are allowed to operate.
Subsequently, on April 23, the government announced that the MCO would proceed to its fourth phase, which would last from April 29 to May 12.
The decision was made as the Covid-19 situation was still on a worrying level .