The move comes after the public continued to defy the order, which was brought in place to help contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country. <small> Cover image via theSundaily </small>
Today, 20 March, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri announced that the national army will be deployed from Sunday to help the police in enforcing the two-week-long partial lockdown around the country
According to Malaysiakini, the Defence Minister said the army will assist the police in monitoring the situation to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia.
“Today’s meeting decided that the army will help the police in monitoring the situation especially to ensure that the rakyat is following the instructions so that they will stay in their own houses,” Ismail said.
“The army will be mobilised this Sunday and we are confident that with the army’s help, stricter enforcement can be carried out,” the minister added.
On Thursday, the minister had warned that the government may deploy the army if citizens continue to go against the RMO:
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