KUALA LUMPUR, May 8, 2020 - The compliance by Malaysians to the Movement Control Order (MCO) is high with majority of them having understood the government’s purpose in enforcing it, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob.

He said apart from complying with the order imposed by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, most of them have also been able to discipline themselves to comply with all the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOP).

“When the first phase of MCO was introduced, although it was something that the people had never expected, requiring them to stay at home, but yet they abide by the order.

He said this when asked to comment on the reaction by Malaysians, compared with the people of other countries, to the enforcement of the MCO.

He said even though the government had introduced a more relaxed Conditional Movement  Control Order (CMCO), Malaysians did not take the opportunity to leave their house unnecessarily.

“We expected  the situation to be a little chaotic on the first day of the CMCO, but when I walked around and look at some shopping malls in the federal capital, the situation seemed to be under control.

According to him, the situation clearly shows that Malaysians are capable of self-regulation in  disciplining themselves to comply with the stipulated SOP.