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SOP relaxation for the fully vaccinated soon
Published on: Sunday, July 25, 2021
By: Bernama
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PUTRAJAYA: People who have completed taking the two doses of Covid-19 vaccine can expect some good news over the next few days.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) will announce a relaxation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for these people.

“We will finalise (the details) and I will announce it as a total package,” he said in a special interview with the media here, Saturday.

Muhyiddin said the relaxation of the SOP restrictions include travel to Malaysia, inter-state movement for spouses working separately, social activities, sports and dine-in at restaurants.

“I do hope that this (relaxation) will give room or space, breathing space, for the people to live a slightly better life,” he said.

Muhyiddin on July 17 had announced that the easing of restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be decided at the National Recovery Council meeting within this week.

He said this would be in line with the opening of more economic sectors when states transition to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), especially in the Klang Valley.

The PPN is scheduled to be tabled by the Prime Minister in the Special Meeting of the Third Session of the 14th Parliament tomorrow (Monday).

On this, he said although the session would be opened for debate, the Government remains firm with its decision to proceed with the PPN until the country is back on track, which he believes should not be too long from now.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the Government still has fiscal space, though limited, to fund economic stimulus packages to continue helping the people.

The Prime Minister said the country's economic management, as certified by international rating agencies, was still in good shape.

“Our trade value in May 2021 increased to RM170.9 billion, our trade surplus amounted to RM13.7 billion, our current account surplus is stable, our economic resilience is stable, (and) our medium-term growth prospects and fundamentals are strong.

“The Government has proven through eight economic stimulus packages that it does not hesitate to spend money to help the rakyat, (and) assist business sustainability,” he said.

Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research recently claimed that the Government will not be able to fund the current stimulus package or other packages in the future due to various constraints facing the country at the moment.

The Government has so far implemented eight economic stimulus packages worth more than RM530 billion, including more than RM80 billion in government fiscal injections, for the benefit over 20 million individuals and 2.4 million businesses.

The Prime Minister said the Government’s deficit was expected to exceed the 6.0 per cent projection this year, taking into account the impact of the latest Movement Control Order (MCO) and the Enhanced MCO in Selangor. 



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