Coronavirus: Missteps by Malaysia's new govt in managing early days of lockdown

Frustrated Malaysians have pinned the blame on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's two-week old administration for lack of clarity in managing the Restricted Movement Order that started on March 18, 2020.
Frustrated Malaysians have pinned the blame on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's two-week old administration for lack of clarity in managing the Restricted Movement Order that started on March 18, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR - Confusion reigned for some 48 hours earlier this week in Malaysia in the run-up to, and after, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) following a steep spike in coronavirus cases.

As of Thursday (March 19), Malaysia recorded 110 new cases to raise the total to 900 cases. Two-thirds of the cases - 576 patients - are linked to the Kuala Lumpur mass gathering at the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling, attended by some 16,000 people.

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