2020年5月12日星期二

PM: CMCO extended till June 9

PM: CMCO extended till June 9

The conditional movement control order (MCO) will be extended for another four weeks until June 9 as public sentiments are also in favour of it, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said mass movements would not be allowed although major festivals – Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Kaamatan and Hari Gawai (the harvest festival in Sabah and Sarawak respectively) – fall within that period.

“On the advice of the Health Ministry, I am announcing that the conditional MCO, which will end on May 12, will be extended for another four weeks to June 9.

“This means all rules and standard operating procedures (SOP) during the conditional MCO will continue to be enforced until June 9. Any changes to the SOP or list of sectors which will be allowed to operate will be announced from time to time.“There is Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the Kaamatan Feast and Hari Gawai. I remind all of you that the ban on interstate movement stays.

“Many apologies and I beg your forgiveness, but for your safety and health, returning to your hometowns across state borders for Hari Raya purposes will not be allowed.

“When the situation improves, Malaysians can go back to their hometowns to visit their parents or relatives,” he said in a live broadcast on national television yesterday.However, he said visiting close neighbours and families in the same state would be allowed during the festivals, provided that there was a maximum of 20 people gathered at any one time.

He also stated that spouses living in separate states would be allowed to travel, as there were husbands and wives who could not meet during the conditional MCO due to work commitments.

“To those who need to cross states in Sabah and Sarawak, I urge the state governments to give them the flexibility. Applications can be made through the Gerak Malaysia app or by applying to the nearest police station,” he said.

He also said the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) was refining its SOP for congregational prayers in mosques, including Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers.

The SOP, he added, must first be finalised and presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong before it could be made public.

He said the SOP for other houses of worship such as churches and temples was also being drawn up.

On another issue, Muhyiddin said the Finance Ministry was extending the appeal period for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) to May 31 and the public could go to the Inland Revenue Board counters from today to appeal.

He said he could not promise that all appeals would be approved, but those who qualified would get what was due.

As of today, 10.6 million people have qualified as BPN recipients involving RM11bil.

The Prime Minister also said although almost all districts in the country had been designated as green zones, the people should not be lulled into a false sense of security.“From 1,178 districts, sections, zones, sub-zones and precincts in the country, 1,112 or 94.4% have been categorised as green zones, 62 or 5.2% as yellow zones and only four or 0.34% as red zones.

“You may think you will not be infected because you are in a green zone but this virus is an unseen, silent enemy. It can strike you any time and anywhere,” he said.

The red zone category is for areas with more than 40 Covid-19 positive cases; orange zone (20-40 cases); yellow zone (one to 19 cases); and green zone (no case).

“Only four areas are red zones: Batu in Gombak, Selangor; Batu in Kuala Lumpur; Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur; and Pedas in Rembau, Negri Sembilan.

“To those living outside these areas, do not visit these places for the time being to avoid getting infected,” he said.

Muhyiddin also commended the country for ranking fourth out of 105 countries in terms of people’s satisfaction with the government’s efforts in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.

This achievement, he said, was reported in a study done by a research agency based in Singapore.

This will be the fourth time the government has extended the MCO. The order has been implemented in phases from March 18 to 31, April 1 to 14, April 15 to 28 and April 29 to May 12.

On May 4, the government imposed the conditional MCO, which allowed almost all economic sectors to reopen.

~The Star~

2020年5月8日星期五

Public transport and motorbikes can travel, too

Public transport and motorbikes can travel, too

Bukit Aman has decided to allow public transport and motorcycles to make journeys across state lines.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the decision was made after assessing the current situation on the roads.

He said police observed and studied the movement on highways and federal roads yesterday and found traffic to be smooth.

Comm Huzir, however, said only public transportation and motorcyclists with approval from the authorities would be allowed to make the interstate trips.

~The Star~

2020年4月24日星期五

首相慕尤丁宣布 行管令再延至512

首相慕尤丁宣布 行管令再延至512

首相丹斯里慕尤丁宣布,政府继续延长行动管制令两周,直到5月12日。

他说,虽然我国各种对抗新冠肺炎病毒措施有效果,但是我国仍必须继续进行行管令,以全面遏止疫情。

首相于周四晚的电视直播发表斋戒月献词时指出,在延长行管期间,政府将评估卫生部提供的最新数据,以制定下一步行动,不排除行管令在这之后,会再度延长。

“这意味,人们或许不能回乡欢庆斋节、不可以上班,商家仍不能开门做生意,除了那些获得批准运作的领域。”

他说,纵然国内新冠肺炎疫情已趋向好转,确诊病例在今天仍维持在双位数,但政府不能掉以轻心,必须坚持行管直到疫情全面受控。不过,只要疫情持继向好、确诊大幅下降,政府可能会逐步放宽多个领域包括社交,让人们较轻松生活。

他表示,国家安全理事会已针对上述情况,制定全面蓝图。

随着新冠肺炎确诊病例大幅下降,他也给滞留校园已久的大专生捎来好消息,政府议决“放宽一点”行管,让10万名大专生以井然有序、没有疫病风险情况下,逐批回返家乡,与家人团聚。

“我重申,是放宽一点,而非完全放宽。政府正在卫生部建议下,研究大专生的回乡流程,并会在最快时限内,作出公布。”

他也强调,所有大专生在回乡前,必须确保没有感染疫病,身体健康。因此,他敦促父母给予政府时间,进行上述行动。

另外,政府也正在考量给滞留在家乡或其他地区的人士,发出“一次性通行”批准,助相关人士返回住家。

“这只开放给在第一次行管令颁布前,不及返回住家,滞留在家乡或其他地区的人们。”

他不讳言,相信有关人数庞大,所以政府正在搜集数据,和研究最好的移动措施。

“一如国防部高级部长伊斯迈沙比里所言,相关人士可通过警方准备的手机应用程序或与最近的警局预约,向警方登记。政府将在最快时间内,公布细节。”

他强调,上述两大宽松措施必须以有序方式进行,避免防疫前功尽弃。

随着这项宣布,我国将进入第4阶段的行管令,政府是于3月16日宣布,我国从3月18日至31日实施行管令。

在第一阶段的行管令结束之前,首相在3月25日宣布延长行管令额外14天至4月14日。

在4月10日,首相再宣布行管令延长14天至4月28日。

~光华日报~

MCO Phase 4 from April 29 to May 12

MCO Phase 4 from April 29 to May 12

The Movement Control Order (MCO), currently in its third phase, has been extended by another two weeks until May 12.

This was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a special televised broadcast today.

Muhyddin also did not rule out the possibility of another extension beyond May 12, subject to how the situation develops.

"During this period, the government will study the latest data from the Health Ministry to determine the next steps.

"I do not discount the possibility that the MCO may be extended beyond May 12, therefore you may not be able to celebrate Hari Raya in your kampung," he said.

Muhyiddin added that if cases continue to show a downward trend, the government may slightly relax MCO regulations in stages to include several sectors including the social sector.

He also said the government will also allow university students in hostels to return home.

The process to facilitate the movement of some 100,000 students, he added, will be done on the advice of the Health Ministry.

Before they are allowed to go home, all students must be healthy and do not display any Covid-19 symptoms.

"The government may consider a one-time journey for Malaysians who have gone back to their hometowns before the MCO was enforced, to return to their homes.

"As this would involve a big number of people, the government is gathering data and studying the best methods to allow this movement."

Muhyiddin said those who needed to do so would need to register online or make an appointment at the nearest police station.

The MCO was implemented by the government on March 18 as a measure to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

On March 25, Muhyiddin announced that the first phase of the MCO, which ended on March 31, would immediately be succeeded by a second phase, lasting until April 14.

A third phase was then announced from April 15 to April 28.

~New Straits Times~

2020年4月22日星期三

MAS: All passengers must wear face masks, starting Thursday (April 23)

MAS: All passengers must wear face masks, starting Thursday (April 23)

All Malaysia Airlines passengers are now required to bring and wear their own protective masks effective April 23, 2020, at touch-points such as check-in, boarding, in the aircraft cabin, disembarkation and collection of baggage on arrival to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

This requirement applies to all passengers (excluding infant) travelling on all Malaysia Airlines’ domestic, international and charter flights, to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of each passenger and airline employee, it said in a statement here Wednesday (April 22).

Malaysia Airlines will not accept passengers that do not have/wear a face mask at the time of check-in and boarding, it stressed.

"For passengers’ own comfort, especially on long haul flights, you are advised to bring additional masks and hand sanitisers for your own use.”

Passengers are also reminded to respect the personal space of others and observe social distancing where required and to comply with other safety measures in our pre-departure and arrival processes to ensure you have a safe journey.

The safety of its passengers and staff is of utmost importance to Malaysia Airlines. - Bernama

2020年4月1日星期三

Taxis and e-hailing vehicles to operate from 6am to 10pm

Taxis and e-hailing vehicles to operate from 6am to 10pm 

Taxi, e-hailing and delivery services will only be allowed to be on the road for specific hours daily from today during the extended movement control order (MCO), says the Transport Ministry.

“From April 1 onwards, during the MCO, taxis and e-hailing vehicles are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.

“Delivery services are allowed to operate between 8am and 8pm, ” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry is encouraging logistics and transportation companies involved with delivering essential goods to do so between 7pm and 7am, the most unhindered movement during the extended MCO.

It said operational hours under the MCO for stage buses, express buses, trains and their terminals continue to be limited to 6am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm as announced previously.

The statement said the restriction, covering the two-week extended MCO period, was necessary in line with the government’s efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infections and put the country on the path to full recovery.

“Several difficult decisions had to be made under the second phase of the MCO from April 1-14.

“For measures related to public transportation, they are aimed to further reduce person-to-person contact on buses, rail services, taxis and in e-hailing services, and break potential chains of infection on these modes of transportation, ” the statement added.

The ministry reminded passengers to adhere to regulations and social distancing practices, including reducing crowding while using public transportation during the extended MCO period.

~The Star~