GEORGE TOWN, March 23 (Bernama) -- The Penang government has decided to reduce the RapidPenang and CAT free bus services as well as Penang ferry services as an additional measure to ensure the public adhered to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the RapidPenang bus services in Penang would be reduced by 70 per cent from today, while CAT and ferry services would also be made less frequent.
"All RapidPenang bus service schedules can be referred to via the ‘RapidPenang Journal Planner’ smartphone application, including changes in ferry operation times which have been reduced in frequency," he said in a press conference broadcast live via his personal Facebook here today.
Earlier, Chow chaired the Penang COVID-19 Committee Meeting which was also attended by the state executive council members as well as representatives from the state Health Department, Immigration Department, Human Resource Department, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs and several other government agencies.
He also urged the public to reduce movements outside the home and to use delivery services when buying necessities.
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"The present situation is very worrying, so do not be stubborn … Strictly adhere to the Movement Control Order. Otherwise, the period may be extended and we will face more difficulties. We have to prepare for the worst," he said.
Meanwhile, Chow denied allegations that poor conformance to the MCO in the state was a weakness of the Pakatan Harapan administration.
Chow said he was not interested in politicking with regard to the COVID-19 issue, as the state government's primary effort was to curb the spread of the epidemic.
"We will have no pride even if the number of COVID-19 cases in Penang is less than that of other states. This is not the time to make comparisons. The victims in Penang are Malaysians, the victims in Johor are also Malaysians, victims in Kelantan are also Malaysians and victims in Sarawak are also Malaysians.
"We, the people of Malaysia, must unite to tackle the epidemic as one nation," he said.
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