KUCHING: There is simply no choice but to adhere to the extended movement control order (MCO), said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing.

The MCO issued by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was supposed to expire after March 31 was extended by the premier to April 14. This announcement was televised yesterday.

Masing believed the extension was based on advice from health professionals to fully contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

“If that is the advice, we have to abide by it. We have no choice if we want to win the fight,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He also reminded Malaysians to stay put at home and that the extended MCO does not mean extended holiday for them.

“Please find ways and means to keep yourselves occupied. Be creative, be useful. Don’t make a nuisance of yourselves. This advice applies to adults and school children alike,” he said.

Masing said in the case of office workers, some have to make do with working remotely.

“Use the Internet to carry our daily tasks. There is also no restriction to verbal interaction. So use you phone to communicate if required,” he said.