MELAKA: Melaka State Health Department director Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman has advised outstation voters who will be returning to the state to fulfill their responsibility on Nov 20, to ensure they were fully vaccinated, and to perform a Covid-19 self-test if they were suffering from any symptoms.
He said even though an individual may reserve the right not to be vaccinated, the risk posed to other family members should also be considered.
KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Saturday (Nov 13) reminded the people that the relaxation of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) they now enjoyed can be taken away if they continue to be complacent.
His Majesty said all parties should continue to play their role to rid the country completely of Covid-19 and advised the people to be patient and take care of their health and abide by the rules set by the government in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is considered an unhealthy nation as a large number of its people have health problems such as heart disease and high obesity rates, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Awareness on the aspect of health among Malaysians is also still at a low level, he said while on air in a Selamat Pagi Malaysia TV programme yesterday.
“If you ask me, the Health Minister, is Malaysia a healthy nation? No. Our country has among the highest rates of obesity and heart disease. One of the reasons why Covid-19 deaths in this nation is quite high is because a large number of patients had comorbidities or chronic diseases.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 — National Recovery Council Chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin believes that with the rapid reopening of the economic and social sectors, and the continuous government assistance to help industries and businesses to reopen, Malaysia is on the right track to full recovery.
He said Malaysia’s GDP is expected to grow between 5.5 per cent and 6.5 per cent next year, supported by improvement in global trade, stabilised commodity prices and gradual improvement in consumer and business sentiments, following its rapid opening up and recovery post-vaccination.
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 28): Only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to go to temples and participate in religious activities in non-Muslim places of worship in conjunction with the Deepavali celebration on Nov 4.
The National Unity Ministry said the standard operating procedure (SOP) varies depending on the phase of the National Recovery Plan (PPN).
KUALA LUMPUR: Fully vaccinated individuals will comprise the majority in any form of statistics now due to the country's high vaccination coverage.
However, Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) head of data Dr Mahesh Appannan stressed that this does not indicate a causal effect that correlates vaccination to the Covid-19 fatalities occurring among fully vaccinated individuals.
He was responding to questions raised as to why fully vaccinated individuals accounted for almost half of the new deaths reported over the past two weeks.
KUALA LUMPUR: All schools in Johor and Terengganu will be reopened in stages starting Nov 8 as both states transition into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from tomorrow (Oct 25).
The Education Ministry, in a statement today said students in Primary 1, 2 and 3 as well as Forms 3 and 4 will resume physical classes on Nov 8. In-person teaching and learning will resume on Nov 14 for students in Primary 4, 5 and 6 as well as transition classes and Form 1. However, it said private educational institutions registered under the ministry could operate according to their respective calendars.
KOTA KINABALU: The relaxation of various restrictions plus the declining adherence of the standard operating procedures (SOP) are likely contributing to the high number of symptomatic or sporadic cases in Sabah.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said people's eagerness to return to their pre-pandemic lifestyle led to negligence in adhering to the SOP while socialising at the workplace and in public.
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 21): COVIDNOW data showed that hospital admissions in the Klang Valley and Sarawak increased over the last seven days, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin highlighted on Thursday (Oct 21) in a tweet.
“Our analysis and surveillance will be ramped up,” he added.
Data showed that the past seven-day average trend of hospital admissions in Selangor increased to 365 on Wednesday (Oct 20) from 280 on Oct 13.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 — Increasingly apparent complacency among Malaysians towards Covid-19 could expose the country to new waves of infections, doctors have warned despite the declining number of new cases reported daily.
The experts told Malay Mail the complacency was also creeping in before the country has seen the possible ramifications of reopening virtually all sectors of the economy.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 — The operation of educational institutions under the Ministry of Education (MoE) based on provision under Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) for Melaka, Selangor and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, will take effect only on Nov 1.
For operation of educational institutions based on Phase Three of NRP for Kedah and Kelantan, which are currently under Phase Two of PPN, will start on Oct 31, while those in Penang, Perak and Sabah, will begin on Nov 1.
PETALING JAYA: The Klang Valley, which covers Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and Melaka will move to Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from Monday, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Prime Minister also said Kelantan, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Sabah would move from Phase Two to Phase Three of the NRP.
KOTA KINABALU (Oct 13): The Sabah government would allow cross-state travel for social visits and tourism starting from Nov 1, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
However, he said permission is conditional as the state’s adults must have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and must undergo the RT-PCR or RTK-Antigen (saliva swab) test three days before the trip.
Sabah’s Covid-19 Spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said they would need to be tested negative for either a PCR or RTK Covid-19 test not more than three days before entering Sabah.
PETALING JAYA: Fearing another wave of Covid-19 infections, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin urges all Malaysians to be responsible and strictly practise Covid-19 public health measures when interstate travel curbs are lifted effective Monday (Oct 11).
Khairy said there have been Covid-19 surges in other highly-vaccinated countries which have inoculated over 80% of their populations against the virus although more than 90% of the cases are either mild or asymptomatic.
KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no additional standard operating procedures (SOPs) for interstate travel once it is allowed later, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. However, he said the existing SOPs would still be in use, with the ‘Op Patuh’ operation on compliance to be continued by the authorities, while no roadblocks would be held at state borders to check if members of the public had performed self-tests for Covid-19.
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 7): The government will not arbitrarily open the country’s borders to foreign travellers as permission for entry will depend on the Covid-19 situation in their countries of origin, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. Right now, he said the government only allows those who are fully vaccinated to enter the country, but the borders are still closed for tourists.
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has called on those who want to “balik kampung” (return to their hometown) to do a Covid-19 self-test before making interstate travel. In fact, he said people living in high contact and mobility settings are encouraged to conduct regular Covid-19 testing. Khairy in his Twitter update on Wednesday said there is only 1.6% left before Malaysia hits the 90% threshold for the government to open interstate travel.
KUALA LUMPUR: Social events and functions such as weddings could be among the last sectors to be allowed to resume in the country. Responding to a query via Twitter, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he was not convinced that standard operating procedures (SOP) could be observed at major ceremonies such as weddings. Amongst the concerns he highlighted were on face masks being removed at the wedding, and when people talk with their mouths full of food.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will move to Phase Three under the National Recovery Plan starting October 1. He also announced that Melaka will move to Phase Three from Two, and Kedah to Phase Two from One — which means there are no more states in Phase One.
MARANG (Sept 28): Terengganu is expected to shift to Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) at the latest by the end of October, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar. He said that this is based on the indicators and current developments, such as the percentage of full vaccination of the adult population which to date had reached 82.7%, while that of the first dose had surpassed 90%.
KUCHING, Sept 27 — The southern zone of Sarawak will transit from Phase Two to Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), from October 1, the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) secretariat said today. It said the state Health Department and the state National Security Council have made an assessment of the Covid-19 pandemic risks involved and after taking into consideration the transition indicators of the NRP for the southern zone to the next phase.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Educational institutions under the Ministry of Education (MoE) in states that have moved to the next phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will operate two weeks after the transition takes place. MoE, in a statement today said this applies to states such as Johor, Pahang and Negri Sembilan which moved to the next phase of NRP today.
PETALING JAYA: Interstate travel and tourism activities will be allowed to resume when the vaccination rate for adults reaches 90%, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
"Tourism centres, areas and islands will be allowed to operate again and interstate travel permitted on the condition that 90% of the adults in the country have been vaccinated, based on data and analysis by the Health Ministry," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 22).
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 21): The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has proposed for three more destinations to be opened via the domestic tourism bubble. Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the destinations are Genting Highlands, Pulau Tioman and Melaka, and the proposal was approved in the Covid-19 Ministerial Quartet meeting today.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 — Petrol stations, restaurants, eateries and convenience stores will be allowed to operate from 6 am to 12 midnight for all phases, except areas placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO). Senior Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, said the proposal was agreed at the second Covid-19 Ministerial Quartet Meeting today, and would be recommended to the Covid-19 Pandemic Management Special Committee chaired by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, tomorrow.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin said fully-vaccinated foreigners and travellers coming or returning to Malaysia can apply for home quarantine prior to their visit to the country.
He said the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) has developed a system called the Home Quarantine Application (HQA) Portal which can be accessed at https://ecovid19.moh.gov.my/outbreak-portal-hqa from September 21.
KUALA LUMPUR – If the pioneer travel bubble project to Langkawi Island, Kedah fails, no other travel bubble to other destination would be opened in the country, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussien. The Senior Minister of Defence said that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) needs to prove that the pioneer project can be implemented safely.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — The government will ensure better coordination among relevant ministries on the delivery of information related to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and preparation to transition into the Covid-19 endemic phase, said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
In this regard, he said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) would be given the responsibility as the coordinator in using all existing communication platforms to ensure that the SOPs can be understood clearly and easily by the people.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): The loading and unloading of non-essential goods for import and export purposes will be allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with immediate effect.
In a statement on his Facebook page today, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that previously, this activity to load and unload non-essential goods to be carried out at premises was limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 8pm. He said the decision was made following a request from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to the National Security Council (NSC) in order to prevent build-up of congestion at warehouses and container yards and further ensure the smooth flow of goods as the economy picks up again.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Only students who have been fully vaccinated can return to campus while those partially vaccinated will continue with online lessons. Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad said this applies to private universities, polytechnics and community colleges which must continue to follow the standard operating procedures provided by the National Security Council (NSC).
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 12): Schools will reopen in stages from Oct 3 according to the phases of states under the National Recovery Plan (PPN), Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin said. In a media conference to announce the reopening of schools today, Radzi, who is also a senior minister, said the 2021 schooling session will be extended to March 2022 so that intervention among weak students can be carried out on the grounds that they have not attended classes for some time.
PETALING JAYA: Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have been given the green light to enter Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from tomorrow. This was decided by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management during a meeting yesterday, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
KUALA LUMPUR: From Sept 16, Langkawi will be welcoming domestic tourists from all states, including those still under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said this applies to adults who have been fully-vaccinated. Those under 18, she said, must be accompanied by fully-inoculated parents or guardians. Tourists from areas under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), however, are not permitted.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Klang Valley which covers Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, will move into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) beginning Friday (Sept 10). In announcing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all three will be considered as one area, which means movement between Selangor, KL and Putrajaya will be permitted, without any roadblocks.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 — Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today said that there will be good news soon for outdoor team sports. Khairy on his Twitter account also said that the ministry is in the midst of drawing up ventilation guidelines for gymnasiums, together with the National Security Council (NSC).
KUALA LUMPUR: The Special Committee on Covid-19 Pandemic Management, which met today, agreed to provide more relaxations in the standard operating procedures (SOP) for people residing in states which are still under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made after the Health Ministry and National Security Council carried out risk evaluation on the present Covid-19 situation in the country.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 7): Cinemas in states that are in Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity beginning Thursday (Sept 9), with only those who have completed their Covid-19 vaccination allowed to enter the halls. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a statement today said live performance activities such as theatre, musicals, music and comedy shows (pre-registered) will also be allowed to resume at 30% capacity of the premises comprising fully vaccinated individuals.
JOHOR BARU: Johor is expected to enter Phase 2 of the National Recovery (NRP) this week following the increase in the state's vaccination rate. Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the percentage of adult population in Johor who had received the complete dose of the Covid-19 vaccine was expected to surpass 50 per cent in the next one or two days.
PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today gave his assurances that schools will be safe for students following the government's intensifying vaccination drive. As such, he said teachers and the school support staff including clerical, food (canteen) and security would be vaccinated.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is expected to move from Covid-19 pandemic into the endemic phase by the end of October, said the newly-minted Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar(pix). He said this move was in line with the government’s target to ensure at least 80 per cent of the adult population in the country is fully vaccinated by then.
The government will look into moving the Klang Valley to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Prime Minister said that the Cabinet and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access (JKJAV) will discuss the matter.
Businesses that have reopened under Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) must now ensure good ventilation indoors to curb the spread of Covid-19, while keeping to other safety measures. In an updated set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) released by the National Security Council (NSC) yesterday, businesses like malls, restaurants, laundry shops, vehicle workshops, and hair salons are required to adhere to the guidelines on ventilation and indoor air quality released by the Human Resources Ministry’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
The National Security Council (NSC) has removed the 10 kilometre travel limit previously attached to the movement of individuals in states under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). While cross district and cross state travels are still not allowed in Phase 1 states, except for certain exceptions for fully vaccinated individuals, the 10 kilometre limit is no longer part of the standard operating procedures (SOP).
The National Security Council (NSC) has released the latest standard operating procedures (SOP) for dine-ins, following the announcement on additional social and economic freedoms for states under Phase One of the National Recovery Programme (NRP). In the latest SOP dated August 20, premises offering dining in services could only allow individuals who have been fully vaccinated including a mandatory notice posted on their premises’ entrance denoting the aforementioned condition for entry.
Caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced additional social and economic freedoms for states under Phase One of the National Recovery Programme (NRP), including dining at restaurants. In a Facebook post, Muhyiddin said the decision was made during a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting, and the easing of restrictions would apply only to those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
All trade and distribution sub-sectors in states under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) can resume operations even if the number of fully vaccinated individuals in those states has yet to reach 50% of the adult population. The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Ministry, in a statement, said the states involved are Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Penang and Sabah.
The government today lifted restrictions for 11 types of economic activities under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin said leeway for these 11 types of businesses will apply to all states still under Phase One of the NRP, with at least 50 per cent of the adult population needing to be fully vaccinated as a required prerequisite.
Covid-19 restrictions will be eased starting Tuesday (Aug 10) for those who have been fully vaccinated, announces Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Prime Minister said that among the restrictions being lifted were inter-district and interstate travel for long-distance couples, and prayers in houses of worship as well as the ban on dine-ins (for states under Phase Two and above of the National Recovery Plan).
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced this evening that three states, Perlis, Sarawak and Labuan, will enter Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRPP) starting August 4. In a statement on his Facebook, Muhyiddin said all three states have shown good performance and met all the necessary indicators under the NRP.
Housing developers will be allowed to operate under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the national recovery plan effective immediately. In a statement today, the housing and local government ministry said this is applicable to housing developers which have valid housing development licences and advertisement and sales permits (APDL) under Act 118.
The government is expecting that most states will transition to the final Phase Four of National Recovery Plan as early as October, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic). The Prime Minister said the government from time to time will continue to monitor the situation of each states, including intervention measures based on its current needs.
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.
The government has made several changes to standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Phase One and Two under the National Recovery Plan (PPN) involving the services, logistics and social sectors following positive development on the national vaccination rate. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said for Phase One, attendance at government offices would be increased to 40%, subject to instructions from the Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN), while the accounting services were also allowed to operate at 60% capacity.
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.