Being able to cycle and engage in individual games in neighbourhoods with physical distancing in mind to the extension of operation hours of daily markets as well as permitted outdoor filming are some of the activities the government has allowed under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government has agreed to make slight changes to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) based on the positive development of the nation's Covid-19 vaccination rates.
Schools across the country will resume face-to-face classes in stages from Sept 1, the education ministry announced today. In a statement, the ministry said that 253,366 teachers and administrators (61.30%) and 10,876 support staff (46.33%) had received at least one vaccine dose as of yesterday.
The enhanced movement control order in nine Kuala Lumpur localities will end on Friday (July 16) as scheduled, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Deputy Prime Minister said this includes four People's Housing Programme (PPR) areas - Sri Semarak, Batu Muda, Kampung Baru Air Panas and Kerinchi. Other areas in Kuala Lumpur where the enhanced MCO will end are Kampung Padang Balang, Taman Koperasi Polis (phase two), Flat Sri Sabah, Bandar Baru Sentul and Taman Ikan Emas.
Shops selling books, stationery, computers and telecommunications businesses will be allowed to open from tomorrow. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision by National Security Council (NSC) was made after taking into account students, parents and teachers who are involved in online learning during Covid-19 pandemic.
Recent progress of the country's vaccination rate could push other states to move to Phase 2 of National Recovery Plan (NRP) from as early as August. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the vaccination rate had already covered more than 10 per cent of the country's population, according to data by Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP). This would mean that the country had met the vaccination target threshold in order to move to the next phase, he said, assuring that the country was in the right path to reach herd immunity.
Sarawak can transit into Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) effective Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today decided that Sarawak has met the threshold values of the three main indicators, enabling it to shift to Phase 2 of the NRP.
Police will step up monitoring operations outside the localities placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) that have been installed with barbed wire fencing. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the measure was taken to prevent intrusion into the localities.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has expanded the list of sectors allowed to operate in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas in Selangor. The additional include those related to the production of healthcare products, as well as food and beverage.
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be opening its offices and counters located in areas under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Selangor and Pahang beginning tomorrow. The branch offices and service counters are in Rawang, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Puchong, Klang, Kajang and Gombak in Selangor as well as in Kuantan, Pekan and Jerantut in Pahang, which will operate with limited services and hours of 9am to 1pm on working days.
Residents of enhanced movement control order (EMCO) areas will be allowed to travel to get vaccinated, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister (Security) also said travel to hometowns to take family members for vaccination appointments would be allowed.
Kelantan, Pahang, Perlis, Perak, and Terengganu have met the required thresholds to transition into Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday announced a 150 billion ringgit ($36.22 billion) aid package, including cash aid and wage subsidies, a day after extending a nationwide lockdown indefinitely to tackle a stubborn COVID-19 outbreak. Lockdown measures originally set to end on Monday would not be eased until daily reported cases fell below 4,000, the state news agency reported on Sunday, citing Muhyiddin.
Phase One of Movement Control under the National Recovery Plan (NRP), which is scheduled to end tomorrow, will be extended, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said phase one has to be extended as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has not dipped below the threshold value of 4,000 required to move to the next phase.
The government has announced a list of pre-approved sectors allowed to operate when the country eventually transitions to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) following the indefinite extension of the current phase until it has met the threshold set. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of 11 sectors — manufacturing and commercial — will be allowed to operate alongside essential sectors approved by the National Security Council from 8am to 8pm. The six pre-approved sectors under the manufacturing category included automotive (vehicle/components), ceramic, rubber, cement, steel and iron and furniture (for the purpose of exportation/).
The Federal Territories Ministry will make it compulsory for every employer to provide details about accommodation for the foreign workers being hired in order to obtain the development order approval. Its minister, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said this was to ensure that these workers would not be living in over-crowded kongsi houses in line with the government’s efforts in curbing the spread of Covid-19 among foreign workers in the federal territories.
The extension of the movement control order, albeit with a tightening of the current standard operating procedure, will allow all sectors of the economy to be reopened, sources say. As for implementation of the stricter SOP in economic sectors, the National Security Council (NSC) will discuss beefing up current security forces.
The government will not impose a strict lockdown akin to the movement control order (MCO) last year as this would devastate lower income groups, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. The senior defence minister acknowledged views that the current iteration of the MCO was more relaxed than before, but said it was still causing significant damage to the economy.
The decision to implement the movement control order (MCO) for the second time by providing certain flexibility, especially for the economic sector, has not been easy, but it had to be made in order to strike a balance between the people’s health and the economy. For Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the MCO this time around is looking at the economic importance, both through large companies and small-scale traders, and at the same time focusing on people’s health.
The second movement control order (MCO 2.0) implemented across a number of federal territories and states has been extended until Feb 4. The states are Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, and Kelantan, as well as the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan. Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made based on the risk assessment and advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH) after finding that daily Covid-19 cases were still on the rise in those areas.
The whole of Malaysia, except Sarawak, is set to be placed under Covid-19 curbs, with six more states falling under the movement control order from Friday (Jan 22) following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The states are Kedah, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu and Perlis. “Following advice from the Health Ministry, we have decided to enforce the MCO on these states until Feb 4,” Senior Minister in charge of Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry has released the full list of companies that can operate during the MCO. The MCO kicks in from January 13 to January 26 in Selangor, the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan), Johor, Penang, Sabah and Melaka.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced tighter measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country. With daily cases remaining at four-digits of late, several states and federal territories will go under the movement control order (MCO) while other states will go under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and the recovery movement control order (RMCO). Read more for details of what's to come for Malaysia beginning Jan 13 until Jan 26.