In an article published on the Star Newspaper on the 24 August 2020, Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud we need to restrict international travellers. Many countries in this region and elsewhere are still facing problems of containing the COVID-19 pandemic. The recovery movement control order (MCO) allows us to restrict international travel and enforce the standard operating procedure (SOP) related to Covid-19. He continues that the recovery MCO was likely to go on for some time until there was an effective vaccine or treatment.
In another article published on Berita Harian, Prof Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba said that the Recovery MCO will be extended for another 4-8 weeks as the COVID-19 situation is still not under control.