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Army mobilised to help enforce MCO from Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR (March 20): The army will be roped in to assist the police in enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO) from Sunday onwards, said defence minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri. 

The decision was made following a National Security Council meeting this morning, Ismail Sabri said in a press conference today. 

"Under Section 5 of the Prevention and Control of Contagious Disease Act 1988, the power of the Minister of Health [is] to empower any government agency that is needed to enforce the laws that [have] been introduced," said Ismail Sabri.

Meanwhile, the minister said that on the second day of the MCO, the compliance rate had risen from the 60% range a day before, police data showed.

He also urged the public not to share unverified news, and for them to clarify with the respective ministries via their respective hotlines.

The minister also reiterated that Malaysians working in Singapore who are in the island-state were allowed to remain there to continue working.

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