The Senior Minister for Security, Hishammuddin Hussein said the government has plans to reduce the current number of Covid-19 prevention SOPs from 181 to just 10 in the coming weeks.
He said that this new set of SOPs will be streamlined and easier understood by all parties.
Meanwhile, he said that the Communications and Multimedia Ministry has been given the task to release these new SOP once it is announced. The exact SOP, however, will be revealed by the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri soon.
Nonetheless, he estimated that the new set of SOPs will be ready in 2 or 3 weeks’ time.
“It will be a lot easier for all to understand when there are 10 SOPs. We have been working on SOPs for so long, one and a half years now, I hope it can be done so as to make it easier for all.” he said, according to FMT.
Hishammuddin also said in the committee meeting chaired by Ismail earlier, they had agreed in principle to loosen the SOPs and opening up of more sectors in the future.
He added that the decision to open up the economic and social sectors comes after the consideration of the people’s fatigue after having their movement restricted for more than a year now.
He said such this situation should not be prolonged as it risk the mental health of the citizens.
Besides that, he said the committee has discussed about the shift of the Covid-19 status to the endemic phase, which is set for the end of this October. However, there were no furthers given.
Regarding the Langkawi travel bubble, which is set to open to fully vaccinated people starting 16 September, Hishammuddin said that this is a pilot project that the government will closely monitor and to assess whether interstate travel should be allowed in the future.
He also stressed that the travel bubble to Langkawi was allowed in consideration of the well-being of the people and not for the economy.
“The mood of the people has changed (since the bubble was announced). Those going to Langkawi must be disciplined. If this fails, we will not open other bubbles, I will not allow it.” he said.
He also highlighted the few factors which determine the success of the travel bubble and it includes infections and contact tracing of those going in and out of the island.
He added that the tourism minister has been given the task to prove to the government that the travel bubble would be a success.
On the other hand, Hishammuddin said the finance ministry will take the lead in the monitoring and enforcement of Covid-19 SOPs in the manufacturing and construction sectors.
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