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How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

You can now register for COVID-19 vaccination on MySejahtera, and here is our guide on how to do just that!

Updated @ 2021-02-25 : Updated the video and guide with registration confirmation screen.

Updated @ 2021-02-24 : Added a video guide, as well as more details

Originally posted @ 2021-02-23

 

Option To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination Now On MySejahtera!

On 22 February 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health released MySejahtera 1.0.28 for iOS and Android devices, which adds the option to register for COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 Vaccine has arrived in Malaysia! With the new vaccination module, verify your name and IC and submit the additional details to complete your registration in the app.

Be sure to enable your app’s push notification to receive the latest updates regarding the vaccination rollout, which will commence in phases:

– PHASE 1 (February – April 2021): Frontliners
– PHASE 2 (April – August 2021): Remaining healthcare workers and high risk group
– PHASE 3 (May 2021 – February 2022): Adult population >18 years

MySejahtera 1.0.29 was released on 24 February 2021, with bug fixes.

MySejahtera may not appear as an update on Google Play Store. You may need to manually look for MySejahtera and click on the Update button.

But there is no need to worry or panic. You are early! Public registration for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia was only supposed to start officially on 1 March 2021.

 

How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination using the MySejahtera app.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

For those who prefer pictures and text, here is our step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.28 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] – to start with the registration process.

  1. You will be asked to verify your name and IC (MyKad) or passport number, as well as your MySJ ID (your telephone number). Click Submit if they are correct, or Edit if they are wrong.

  1. After verifying your details, you will be informed that the COVID-19 Vaccination Program is currently in Phase 1 – for frontliners only.
  2. Public registration for Phase 2 and Phase 3 will only start on 1 March 2021. However, you can still pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine on MySejahtera by tapping on CLICK HERE.

  1. You will be asked to answer three simple questions, to determine whether you should be classed under Phase 2 or Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, as well as your location.
  2. The address search option may not work. If that happens, tap on the Location finder (circled in red) to let MySejahtera use your GPS location.

Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.

When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition you have that may put you at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.

For your reference, this includes :

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
  • Obesity
  • Others

  1. Once you are satisfied with your answers, hit Submit and you are done!You should see this screen pop-up (for version 1.0.29 onwards).

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

Recommended : Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Malaysia just lifted restrictions on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) and Busking!

Find out how this affects your risk of getting infected by COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia MCO : MICE + Busking Now Allowed!

Even as Malaysia comes close to breaching 300,000 COVID-19 cases, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) continues to liberalise the economy.

On 25 February 2021, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob announced that MKN decided to lift restrictions on MICE and busking activities in MCO / PKP areas.

Starting 26 February 2021, street musicians and buskers are allowed to perform in MCO / PKP areas, as long as they comply with existing SOP.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities, on the other hand, can start from 5 March 2021 onwards, with these restrictions :

  • up to 25% of maximum venue capacity, or
  • up to 250 people at the venue, whichever is fewer
  • physical distancing must be maintained

 

MICE + Busking Activities : Are We At Greater Risk?

This new change would make MCO (PKP) even more similar to RMCO (PKPP) and CMCO (PKPB), which begs the question – why bother with the three different classifications?

But more importantly – how does this affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

MICE Risks

The risks of MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activities greatly varies.

Meetings, talks and training sessions, for example, are small and can be conducted with minimal risks, as long as both organisers and participants comply with the SOP.

Conferences and exhibitions, on the other hand, are more challenging because they generally involve personal interactions. Physical distancing and face masks can help to reduce the risk, but only if everyone remembers to use them.

Busking Risks

This is generally quite safe, as long as the performer(s) is static, like the example above. This would allow for proper physical distancing of at least 2-3 metres (if not further).

However, all spectators MUST wear face masks at all times, as it would not be reasonable for buskers to perform with face masks.

Walking buskers should be discouraged, as it would difficult for them to maintain physical distance from the public. And there should be no physical interaction.

 

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Historic : First COVID-19 Vaccinations In Malaysia!

What a historic day – the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Malaysia have finally taken place!

Remember this day, because this is when we finally turn the tide against COVID-19!

 

Historic : First COVID-19 Vaccinations In Malaysia!

After more than a year of waiting and suffering through the pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccination program has finally kicked off in Malaysia!

Just days after the first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Malaysia, the first vaccinations have taken place!

There is this joke that “The vaccine should be tested on politicians first. If they survive, the vaccine is safe. If they don’t, then the country is safe.

Well, your wish has been granted! In a live broadcast that was streamed online, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Muhyiddin Yassin became the first person in Malaysia to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

In addition, the Director-General of Health, as well as four other health officers, took their turns to be amongst the first to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Malaysia!

If you want to join them, make sure you SIGN UP for the COVID-19 vaccination program ASAP!

Recommended : How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

This is the Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, receiving his COVID-19 vaccination.

No fear! Because he knows that Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and efficacious.

This is Clement A / L Marai Francis, a driver at the Putrajaya Health office, receiving his vaccination.

This is Khairul Asraf Mohd Yasin, an Assistant Medical Officer in Putrajaya Health Office, getting vaccinated.

Dr Tan Yee Ling, a Medical Officer at Precinct Health Clinic 9, received his first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Finally, Sheilla Mellissa Sikin, a nurse at Putrajaya Precinct Health Clinic 9, received her COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccinations : Three Phases

Malaysia will introduce COVID-19 vaccinations in three phases, targeting different population segments.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

Recommended : Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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Did Spain Halt Pfizer Vaccination After Nursing Home Deaths?

Did Spain halt Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination due to 46 nursing home deaths after receiving the first shot of the vaccine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Spain Halts Pfizer Vaccination After 46 Nursing Home Deaths!

Various websites like The COVID Blog and Humans Are Free claim that Spain halted their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination program after 46 nursing home residents died from their first shot.

Here were the key takeaways from their articles :

The Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) nursing home is reeling due to mass deaths after mRNA inoculations.

All residents and workers at the facility received the first dose of Pfizer mRNA in early January, according to Spain mainstream media outlet ABC de Sevilla. Most residents became extremely ill shortly after the shots. It is believed many came down with COVID-19, despite being “vaccinated against it.”

The Andalusian Health Service reported that at least 46 residents have died since January. For perspective, Our Lady has a maximum capacity of 145 residents.

The situation remains dire, as at least 28 residents and 12 staff members were COVID-19 positive last week. Health officials halted all further mRNA shots as a result.

Chinese propaganda outlet, GlobalTimes, also chipped in on the controversy earlier this month, naturally attacking the Pfizer vaccine.

Concerns over the mRNA vaccine intensified following a Russia Today report on Monday that all 78 residents at a nursing home in Madrid, Spain had tested positive for COVID-19 after being given their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on January 13, and at least seven people have died.

A Chinese virologist advised elderly people, especially those with underlying conditions, not to take mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer’s, as it could induce their condition and worsen their health.

 

No, Spain Did NOT Halt Pfizer Vaccination After Nursing Home Deaths

Despite quoting a legitimate news report, both The COVID Blog and Humans Are Free fabricated many parts of their articles.

You can take a look at their source – a 4 February 2021 news report by ABC – a Spanish national daily newspaper.

Now, let’s examine their claims one by one, and show you why they both created a FALSE narrative out of this tragedy to support their anti-vaccination beliefs.

Fact #1 : They Died From COVID-19

All 46 residents of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario nursing home in Los Barrios died from COVID-19, not the vaccine.

The COVID-19 outbreak was first detected on 12 January 2021, and it quickly resulted in multiple deaths :

  • 18 January : 8 deaths in total
  • 28 January : 30 deaths in total
  • 3 February : 46 deaths in total

The Spain Ministry of Health was forced to intervene after an inspection determined that that private nursing home was not capable of disinfecting and isolating the COVID-19 positive cases.

Fact #2 : They Only Recently Received A Single Dose

The residents of this nursing home received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine early this year. They did not receive their second dose because of the outbreak.

We do not know the exact date, but since the outbreak happened before their second dose, it’s safe to say they were only 1-2 weeks post-vaccination.

As COVID-19 has an incubation period that could be as long as 14 days, it is likely the residents were infected before or just after receiving their vaccination.

That means they remained vulnerable to COVID-19, even though they had already received the first dose of the vaccine.

As these Israeli test results show, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine confers very little immunity in the first two weeks.

That’s because it takes time for the body to react to the antigens created by the vaccine, and build up the necessary antibodies to counter them.

The vaccine therefore only offers partial protection in the third week, and significant protection in the fourth week, and maximum protection after the second dose.

After Vaccination Single Dose Two Doses
Week 1 2.82% infected
Week 2 2.96% infected
Week 3 0.746% infected
Week 4 0.044% infected 0.037% infected
% of total infected 99.44% 0.56%

More importantly, the results show that 99% of post-vaccination infections happen within 3 weeks of a single dose.

Only 1% of those infected with COVID-19 after vaccination were in their fourth week with a single dose, or just had their second dose.

Fact #3 : Vaccination Was Interrupted By Outbreak

Both The COVID Blog and Humans Are Free claimed that “health officials halted all further mRNA shots as a result” of the outbreak.

That is COMPLETELY FALSE. The ABC news report clearly stated that the second dose vaccination was “interrupted” by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Once that happened, the residents had to be isolated and the nursing home disinfected. The Health Ministry only intervened “a few weeks later” after the situation turned serious.

Fact #4 : Spain Has Almost Fully Vaccinated All Nursing Home Residents

As of 19 February 2021, the FED Care Home Association said that almost all nursing home residents in Spain have received both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Spain’s Health Emergency Chief Fernando Simon also said that, for the first time since the pandemic began, “people over 65 who live in care homes have a lower rate of infection than those who live outside“, signalling that the vaccine was working.

That completely debunks the claim that Spain halted Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination due to nursing home deaths.

In fact, Spain is one of the fastest to vaccinate their people with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – 2.45% of the population – about 1.15 million people, as of 17 February 2021.

 

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Fact Check: Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries?

Did the UK government issue a shocking report on COVID-19 vaccine injuries, with many cases of blindnessstroke, spontaneous abortion and death?

Take a look at the shocking UK Yellow Card report, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries!

The Daily Expose UK wrote an article called “SHOCKING! – Official Data on Adverse Reactions to Covid Vaccines release“.

It was reposted by Principia Scientific International as “UK Government Releases Shocking Report On COVID Vaccine Side Effects“, with a PDF version circulating on social media, or this message :

LATEST NEWS > > *As of 24/1/2021, out of the 5.4 millions UK people taken first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 107 people died. 5 people are now blind, 21 suffered a stroke, 4 women suffered a miscarriage.

According to Daily Expose UK, the UK government report revealed that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused these injuries or adverse reactions :

  • 5 cases of blindness
  • 31 cases of visual impairment

  • 21 cerebrovascular accidents (stroke)

  • 4 spontaneous abortions (miscarriages)

  • 59 deaths
  • 7 sudden deaths

Daily Expose UK also found that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was responsible for two spontaneous abortions.

Take a minute to let the shock and horror pass, before you read on and find out what the facts really are…

 

UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries : The Facts

The Daily Expose UK and Principia Scientific websites are known to write misleading articles and twist facts to support their anti-science and anti-vaccination views.

The screenshots are indeed from a UK government report. However, the Daily Expose UK article intentionally misleads everyone on the TRUTH.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was A Yellow Card Summary Report

The UK government report mentioned in the article was the weekly Yellow Card summary report (as of 27 January 2021).

As you can tell – it is released on a weekly basis, and is otherwise not special in any sense. The 11 February edition has already been released, and will soon be superseded by the 18 February edition.

Fact #2 : Anyone Can Report Anything On The Yellow Card Site

What the Daily Expose UK intentionally “neglected” to mention was that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can report ANYTHING on the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site.

You can report that the COVID-19 vaccine caused you all kinds of injuries, from giving you AIDS or brain cancer to killing you outright.

Heck, you can create a Yellow Card report even if you are NOT living in the UK, and have NOT actually received the vaccine!

Here are screenshots of us reporting that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused a leg fracture, that resulted in an abnormality in an unborn child!

This is how absurd the Yellow Card reporting system really is. No different from the US VAERS system really.

Fact #3 : Yellow Card Reports Are NOT Evidence Of Side Effects

Daily Expose UK also intentionally “neglected” to mention that Yellow Card reports are NOT evidence of actual adverse reactions.

The UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) which operates the Yellow Card programme stated very clearly that (with our emphasis) :

It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

We ask for any suspicions to be reported, even if the reporter isn’t sure if it was caused by the vaccine. Reports to the scheme are known as suspected adverse reactions (ADRs).

Many suspected ADRs reported on a Yellow Card do not have any relation to the vaccine or medicine and it is often coincidental that they both occurred around the same time.

It is therefore important that the suspected ADRs described in this report are not interpreted as being proven side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Known Side Effects Are Mild / Inconsequential

Daily Expose UK also intentionally “failed to expose” the fact that the side effects of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are mild and/or inconsequential.

Thanks to large trials involving over 100,000 people, scientists have determined that the side effects of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 are mild and/or inconsequential.

The UK MHRA classified the known side effects into how commonly they occur, as follows :

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever
  • Common : injection site swelling, redness at injection site, nausea
  • Uncommon : enlarged lymph nodes, feeling unwell
  • Rare : temporary one-sided facial drooping (Bell’s palsy)
  • Very Rare : severe allergic reaction

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising at injection site, generally felling unwell, feeling tired, chills, headache, nausea, joint pain or muscle ache
  • Common : a lump at injection site, fever, vomiting, flu-like symptoms
  • Uncommon : feeling dizzy, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, sweating, itchy skin / rash

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Has Killed Over 2.4 Million People… So Far

Daily Expose and Principia Scientific are fretting over a hundred of so “reported deaths” in the UK Yellow Card database, that have NOT been proven to be caused by the vaccine.

We should point out that as of 17 February 2021, COVID-19 has killed :

  • Over 2.4 million people worldwide
  • Over 188,000 people in the UK

Those are real people who died from COVID-19. Real people with families who have to live with the loss.

Workers wearing protective gear bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island in New York City on April 9.

On the other hand, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and efficacious. They will prevent millions of people from unnecessarily dying from what is now a preventable disease.

Daily Expose UK and Principia Scientific, suicide is meant to be a SOLITARY hobby. It’s one thing to risk your own lives. Just don’t lure others to commit suicide with you!

 

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Malaysia : 5 Ways To Register For COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia will offer both citizens and foreign residents five different ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine!

Here is what you need to know about how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia!

We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!

 

Malaysia : 5 Ways To Register For COVID-19 Vaccine

On 5 January 2020, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary in Malaysia.

He also said that Malaysians will have to (later) register for the COVID-19 vaccine through a “sign-up feature” in the MySejahtera app.

That was expanded on 12 February 2021 to FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. A telephone hotline to be announced later.
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Recommended : How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme will begin on 1 March 2021.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

Recommended : Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For Citizens + Foreign Residents Who Register

The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.

The Malaysian government originally announced that the vaccines would be provided to all Malaysian citizens for FREE.

But on 11 February 2021, they announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would also be provided for FREE to all foreign residents.

Recommended : Malaysia : FREE COVID-19 Vaccine For All Foreign Residents!

 

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Travel Restriction : Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan District List

MKN finally clarified their definition of districts, so here is the district list for Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan that we compiled!

For Northern states, please see Penang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis District List
For Central states, please see KL, Selangor, Putrajaya District List

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel : Forbidden Nationwide

Ever since 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas. In CMCO areas, interstate travel is forbidden, but inter-district travel is allowed.

But when the 10 km travel limit was lifted, MKN announced that inter-district and interstate travel are FORBIDDEN  nationwide.

Ever since the inter-district travel was forbidden in Malaysia, people have wondered – how do you define the districts?

Unfortunately, the lack of a proper definition led to some confusion – is KL a single district? Do we follow police districts or state districts?

This anecdotal example, that is being shared on social media, claims that the police are issuing fines based on police districts, instead of state districts.

Apparently daerah in PKP mean ikut Daerah IPD polis.

Daughter came back from Subang Jaya to Bukit Jelutong kena saman merentasi Daerah katanya because of diffrent IPD . As far as i know Daerah in Selangor ada 9 je..and Subang Jaya and Shah Alam is under Daerah Petaling. Called IPD shah Alam to clarify yes they said kena saman because different Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Jurisdiction.

Called MKN asking where is the SOP definition regarding Daerah..officer cannot answer but affirm Subang Jaya and Shah Alam under 1 daerah .confused ask to refer to Polis…Polis ask to refer to MKN..Polis officer confused MKN also confused.

Apparently Polis issue compound on behalf of Pejabat Kesihatan because under Akta Kesihatan..kompaun have to pay to Pejabat kesihatan in kelana Jaya..so ask them kena mintak permit or not to go to kelana jaya pay kompoun..because different IPD ..no need pulak. Lastly called pejabat kesihatan they also confused why kena saman because same Daerah..lastly kena buat surat rayuan pembatalan kompaun. wasted whole morning making phone calls to get definition of Daerah. No Definite answer. Semua confused.

Adoi Malaysia..land of the Confused Civil Servant and Politicians

 

Travel Restriction : MKN Clarifies Definition Of District!

After weeks of uncertainty, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally clarified their definition of district for the inter-district travel ban.

On 20 February 2021, they released an updated MCO SOP, which included this definition of district.

  • the entire federal territory of KL is considered as a single district
  • the district borders are as defined by the states

In other words, you can travel without restrictions throughout the entire Kuala Lumpur, and districts as defined by the states, not the police.

 

Travel Restriction : Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan District List

Johor District List

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district in Johor.

So identify your district and your townships in Johor below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Batu Pahat
    – Lubok
    – Bagan
    – Peserai
    – Simpang Kiri
    – Simpang Kana
    – Linau
    – Tanjung Semberong
    – Sri Gading
    – Minyak Beku
    – Kampung Bahru
    – Sungai Punggor
    – Sungai Kluang
    – Chaah Bahru
    – Sri Medan
  2. Johor Bahru
    – Jelutong
    – Plentong
    – Pulai
    – Sungai Tiram
    – Tanjung Kupang
    – Tebrau
    – Bandar Johor Bahru
  3. Kluang
    – Kahang
    – Kluang Town
    – Niyor
    – Paloh
    – Layang-Layang
    – Machap
    – Renggam
    – Ulu Benut
  4. Kota Tinggi
    – Johor Lama
    – Kambau
    – Kota Tinggi Town
    – Pantai Timur
    – Pengerang
    – Sedili Besar
    – Sedili Kechil
    – Tanjung Surat
    – Ulu Sungai Johor
    – Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar
  5. Kulai
    – Bukit Batu
    – Kulai Town
    – Sedenak
    – Senai
  6. Mersing
    – Jemaluang
    – Langgor
    – Mersing Town
    – Padang Endau
    – Penyabong
    – Sembrong
    – Tenggaroh
    – Tenglu
    – Triang
  7. Muar
    – Ayer Hitam
    – Bukit Kepong
    – Jalan Bakri
    – Jorak
    – Lenga
    – Muar Town
    – Parit Bakar
    – Parit Jawa
    – Seri Menanti
    – Sungai Balang
    – Sungai Raya
    – Sungai Terap
  8. Pontian
    – Ayer Baloi
    – Ayer Masin
    – Benut
    – Jeram Batu / Pengkalan Raja
    – Pontian
    – RImba Terjun
    – Serkat
    – Sungai Karang
    – Sungai Pinggan
  9. Segamat
    – Sungai Segamat
    – Gemereh
    – Bekok
    – Jabi
    – Sermin
    – Buloh Kasap
    – Jementah
    – Pogoh
    – Labis
    – Chaah
    – Gemas
  10. Tangkak
    – Bukit Serampang
    – Grisek
    – Kesang
    – Kundang
    – Serom
    – Tangkak Town

Melaka District List

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district in Melaka.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Central Malacca
    – Alai
    – Ayer Molek
    – Bachang
    – Balai Panjang
    – Bandar Melaka
    – Batu Berendam
    – Bertam
    – Bukit Baru
    – Bukit Katil
    – Bukit Lintang
    – Bukit Piatu
    – Bukit Rambai
    – Cheng
    – Duyong
    – Kandang
    – Klebang Besar
    – Klebang Kecil
    – Krubong
    – Padang Temu
    – Paya Rumput
    – Peringgit
    – Pernu
    – Semabok
    – Sungai Udang
    – Tangga Batu
    – Tanjong Kling
    – Tanjong Minyak
    – Telok Mas
    – Ujong Pasir
  2. Alor Gajah
    – Lendu
    – Lubok China
    – Masjid Tanah
    – Ramuan Cina Kecil
    – Sungai Baru Tengah
    – Kuala Sungai Baru
    – Sungai Baru Hilir
    – Brisu
    – Alor Gajah Town
    – Tanjung Rimau
    – Padang Sebang
    – Belimbing
    – Parit Melana
    – Paya Rumput
    – Tampin
    – Pegoh
    – Kelemak
    – Taboh Naning
    – Melekek
    – Rambai
    – Rembia
    – Hutan Percha
    – Pulau Subang
    – Tebong
    – Kemuning
    – Gadek
    – Machap
    – Melaka Pindah
    – Durian Tunggal
    – Sungai Petai
    – Sungai Baru Ulu
    – Beringin
    – Air Pa’abas
    – Sungai Siput
    – Ramuan Cina Besar
    – Sungai Buluh
    – Kuala Linggi
    – Kampung Paya Datuk
    – Melekek
    – Simpang Ampat
  3. Jasin
    – Air Panas
    – Batang Melaka
    – Bukit Senggeh
    – Chabau
    – Chinchin
    – Chohong
    – Jasin Town
    – Jus
    – Kesang
    – Merlimau
    – Nyalas
    – Rim
    – Sebatu
    – Selandar
    – Sempang
    – Semujok
    – Serkam
    – Sungai Rambai
    – Tedong
    – Umbai

Negeri Sembilan District List

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district in Negeri Sembilan.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Seremban
    – Ampangan
    – Labu
    – Lenggeng
    – Pantai
    – Rasah
    – Rantau
    – Seremban town
    – Setul
  2. Port Dickson
    – Jimah
    – Port Dickson town
    – Si Rusa
    – Linggi
    – Pasir Panjang
  3. Rembau
    – Pilin
    – Batu Hampar
    – Kundur
    – Pedas
    – Chembong
    – Semerbok
    – Chengkau
    – Bongkek
    – Tanjung Keling
    – Selemak
    – Sepri
    – Titian Bintangor
    – Gadong
    – Miku
    – Nerasau
    – Legung Hulu
    – Legung Hilir
  4. Jelebu
    – Peradong
    – Hulu Triang
    – Gelami Lemi
    – Hulu Kelawang
    – Kenaboi
    – Kuala Klawang
    – Pertang
    – Tiang Hilir
  5. Kuala Pilah
    – Juasseh
    – Ampang Tinggi
    – Pilah
    – Johol
    – Kepis
    – Langkap
    – Parit Tinggi
    – Sri Menanti
    – Terachi
    – Ulu Jempol
    – Ulu Muar
  6. Jempol
    – Serting Ilir
    – Kuala Jempol
    – Rompin
    – Serting Ulu
    – Jelai
  7. Tampin
    – Tampin Town
    – Gemas
    – Repah
    – Keru
    – Tebong
    – Gemenceh
    – Air Kuning

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 22 February 2021 Edition

Here is the latest COVID-19 vaccine plan for Malaysia, as announced by the Ministry of Health.

We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Four Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase four vaccines in 2021 :

That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 24.9 million people – roughly 77.8% of the adult population in Malaysia.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

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Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For ALL Citizens + Foreign Residents

The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.

The Malaysian government originally announced that the vaccines would be provided to all Malaysian citizens for FREE.

But on 11 February 2021, they announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would also be provided for FREE to all foreign residents.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?

On 5 January 2020, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary in Malaysia.

He also said that Malaysians will have to (later) register for the COVID-19 vaccine through a “sign-up feature” in the MySejahtera app.

That was expanded on 12 February 2021 to FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. A telephone hotline to be announced later.
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme will begin on 1 March 2021.

 

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Malaysia : Both Doses Reserved

On 13 February 2021, Dr. Kalaiarasu Periasamy, the Director of the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) announced the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s “One Dose Injected, One Dose Reserved” strategy.

Two doses will be reserved for each person, with the second dose administered 21 days after the first dose, as recommended by Pfizer and BioNTech.

When you arrive to a vaccination centre, you will be registered for both doses. You will be given a vaccination card, and registered in the MySejahtera app as well.

Recommended : Malaysia Will Follow Pfizer Two-Dose Vaccine Schedule!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 600 Sites Identified

The vaccines will be administered at 600 locations across the country, that consist of :

  • Ministry of Health healthcare facilities
  • Ministry of Defence facilities
  • University hospitals

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Path To 80% Coverage

Malaysia originally aimed to achieve vaccination coverage of 82.8% of the adult population, approximately 26.5 million people.

But in their 5 February 2021 update, the Ministry of Health now aim to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This is what the COVID-19 vaccine supply will be like for the adult population in Malaysia :

  • 39% will receive the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 18.75% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac BioTech.
  • 10% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 10% will receive the Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

The remaining 2.5% of the adult population will be covered by further vaccine purchases, either from the existing four suppliers, or these two sources mentioned earlier :

  • vaccines from the COVAX facility
  • the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for poor optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :

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Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

The Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine arrived early, and COVID-19 vaccination will kick off earlier – on Wednesday, 24 February 2021!

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives Early!

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was originally expected to arrive on 26 February 2021, but the first tranche arrived a few days earlier than planned.

At 10 AM on Sunday, 21 February 2021, the first shipment of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (also known as Comirnaty or BNT162b2) arrived.

The vaccines were flown from the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Puurs in Belgium to Singapore by DHL, before MASKargo flight MH604 flew this shipment to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Pfizer vaccine doses will not be limited to the Klang Valley, but are being distributed to different states.

Johor

At 3 PM, the Ministry of Health announced that Johor will receive 73,710 doses – enough to vaccinate 36,855 people.

Those vaccine doses will be stored in 4 Vaccination Storage Centres (PSV), which will then distribute them to 54 Vaccination Centres (PPV) across the state of Johor.

Penang

Penang received what appears to be a single thermal shipper container. Each thermal shipper can hold up to 4,875 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Begins 24 February 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health also announced that the COVID-19 vaccination program will kick off early, on Wednesday, 24 February 2021.

The Malaysian Prime Ministry, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, will be the first to receive the first shots of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 65 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

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Travel Restriction : Penang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis District List

MKN finally clarified their definition of districts, so here is the district list for Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis that we compiled!

For Central states, please see KL, Selangor, Putrajaya District List
For Southern states, please see Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan District List

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel : Forbidden Nationwide

Ever since 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas. In CMCO areas, interstate travel is forbidden, but inter-district travel is allowed.

But when the 10 km travel limit was lifted, MKN announced that inter-district and interstate travel are FORBIDDEN  nationwide.

Ever since the inter-district travel was forbidden in Malaysia, people have wondered – how do you define the districts?

Unfortunately, the lack of a proper definition has led to some confusion – is Penang island a single district? Do we follow police districts or state districts?

This anecdotal example, that is being shared on social media, claims that the police are issuing fines based on police districts, instead of state districts.

Apparently daerah in PKP mean ikut Daerah IPD polis.

Daughter came back from Subang Jaya to Bukit Jelutong kena saman merentasi Daerah katanya because of different IPD . As far as i know Daerah in Selangor ada 9 je..and Subang Jaya and Shah Alam is under Daerah Petaling. Called IPD Shah Alam to clarify yes they said kena saman because different Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Jurisdiction.

Called MKN asking where is the SOP definition regarding Daerah.. Officer cannot answer but affirm Subang Jaya and Shah Alam under 1 daerah. Confused ask to refer to Polis… Polis ask to refer to MKN.. Polis officer confused MKN also confused.

Apparently Polis issue compound on behalf of Pejabat Kesihatan because under Akta Kesihatan..kompaun have to pay to Pejabat kesihatan in Kelana Jaya..so ask them kena mintak permit or not to go to Kelana Jaya pay kompoun..because different IPD ..no need pulak.

Lastly called Pejabat Kesihatan they also confused why kena saman because same Daerah..lastly kena buat surat rayuan pembatalan kompaun. wasted whole morning making phone calls to get definition of Daerah. No Definite answer. Semua confused.

Adoi Malaysia..land of the Confused Civil Servant and Politicians

 

Travel Restriction : MKN Clarifies Definition Of District!

After weeks of uncertainty, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally clarified their definition of district for the inter-district travel ban.

On 20 February 2021, they released an updated MCO SOP, which included this definition of district.

  • the entire federal territory of KL is considered as a single district
  • the district borders are as defined by the states

In other words, you can travel without restrictions throughout the entire Kuala Lumpur, and districts as defined by the states, not the police.

 

Travel Restriction : Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Perak District List

Penang District List

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district in Penang.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Northeast Penang Island
    – George Town
    – Paya Terubong
    – Bukit Paya Terubong
    – Bukit Ayer Itam
    – Ayer Itam
    – Batu Feringghi
    – Tanjung Tokong
  2. Southwest Penang Island
    – Sungai Pinang
    – Sungai Rusa
    – Permatang Pasir
    – Bagan Ayer Itam
    – Titi Teras
    – Kongsi
    – Kampong Paya
    – Sungai Burong
    – Pulau Betong
    – Dataran Ginting
    – Pantai Acheh
    – Telok Bahang
    – Bukit Sungai Pinang
    – Batu Itam
    – Bukit Balik Pulau
    – Pondok Upeh
    – Bukit Ginting
    – Bukit Pasir Panjang
    – Bukit Gemuroh
    – Bukit Relau
    – Telok Kumbar
    – Bayan Lepas
  3. North Seberang Perai
    – Butterworth
    – Kepala Batas
    – Tasek Gelugor
    – Bertam
    – Sungai Dua
    – Sungai Puyu
    – Bagan Jermal
    – Bagan Dalam
  4. Central Seberang Perai
    – Seberang Jaya
    – Sama Gagah
    – Permatang Pasir
    – Permatang Pauh
    – Kubang Semang
    – Taman Paus
    – Bandar Perda
    – Tanah Liat
    – Berapit
    – Jalan Betek
    – Bukit Tengah
  5. South Seberang Perai
    – Sungai Jawi
    – Nibong Tebal
    – Batu Kawan
    – Bukit Tambun
    – Simpang Ampat
    – Sungai Bakap
    – Valdor

Kedah District List

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Baling
    – Bakai
    – Baling Town
    – Bongor
    – Kupang
    – Pulai
    – Siong
    – Tawar
    – Teloi Kanan
  2. Bandar Baharu
    – Bagan Samak
    – Relau
    – Selama
    – Serdang
    – Sungai Batu
    – Sungai Kechil Hilir
  3. Kota Setar (includes Alor Setar)
    – Alor Malai
    – Alor Merah
    – Anak Bukit
    – Bukit Pinang
    – Derga
    – Gunong
    – Hutan Kampung
    – Kangkong
    – Kota Setar
    – Kuala Kedah
    – Kubang Rotan
    – Langgar
    – Lengkuas
    – Lepai
    – Limbong
    – Mergong
    – Padang Hang
    – Padang Lalang
    – Pumpong
    – Sala Kechil
    – Sungai Baharu
    – Tajar
    – Tebengau
    – Telaga Mas
    – Telok Chengai
    – Telok Kechai
    – Titi Gajah
  4. Kuala Muda
    – Bujang
    – Bukit Meriam
    – Gurun
    – Haji Kudong
    – Kota
    – Kuala
    – Merbok
    – Pekula
    – Pinang Tunggal
    – Rantau Panjang
    – Semeling
    – Sidam Kiri
    – Simpor
    – Sungai Pasir
    – Sungai Petani
    – Teloi Kiri
  5. Kubang Pasu
    – Ah
    – Binjal
    – Bukit Tinggi
    – Gelong
    – Hosba
    – Jeram
    – Jerlun
    – Jitra
    – Kubang Pasu Town
    – Malau
    – Naga
    – Padang Perahu
    – Pelubang
    – Pering
    – Putat
    – Sanglang
    – Sungai Laka
    – Temin
    – Tunjang
    – Wang Tepus
  6. Kulim
    – Bagan Sena
    – Junjung
    – Karangan
    – Keladi
    – Kulim Town
    – Lunas
    – Mahang
    – Nagalilit
    – Padang China
    – Padang Meha
    – Sedim
    – Sidam Kanan
    – Sungai Seluang
    – Sungai Ular
    – Teras
  7. Pulau Langkawi
    – Ayer Hangat
    – Bohor
    – Kedawang
    – Kuah
    – Padang Matsirat
    – Ulu Melaka
  8. Padang Terap
    – Batang Tunggang Kanan
    – Batang Tunggang Kiri
    – Belimbing Kanan
    – Belimbing Kiri
    – Kurong Hitam
    – Padang Temak
    – Padang Terap Kanan
    – Padang Terap Kiri
    – Pedu
    – Tekai
    – Tolak
  9. Pendang
    – Air Puteh
    – Bukit Raya
    – Guar Kepayang
    – Padang Kerbau
    – Padang Peliang
    – Padang Pusing
    – Rambai
    – Tobiar
  10. Pokok Sena
    – Derang
    – Lesong
    – Tualang
    – Gajah Mati
    – Jabi
    – Bukit Lada
  11. Sik
    – Jeneri
    – Sik (capian)
    – Sok
    – Sik Town
    – Pekan Batu Lima Sik
    – Pekan Gulau
    – Pekan Gajah Puteh
    – Pekan Charok Padang
  12. Yan
    – Dulang
    – Sala Besar
    – Singkir
    – Sungai Daun
    – Yan

Perlis District

Perlis is so small, it doesn’t have districts.

The state is one big “district”, so you can travel throughout the Perlis state without restriction.

Perak Districts

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Batang Padang
    – Batang Padang (Tapah)
    – Bidor
    – Chenderiang
    – Sungkai
  2. Manjung
    – Beruas
    – Lekir
    – Lumut
    – Pengkalan Baharu
    – Sitiawan
  3. Kinta
    – Belanja
    – Sungai Teras (Batu Gajah)
    – Sungai Raia (Simpang Pulai)
    – Tanjung Tualang
    – Hulu Kinta (Ipoh)
  4. Kerian
    – Bagan Serai
    – Bagan Tiang
    – Beriah
    – Gunong Semanggol
    – Kuala Kurau
    – Parit Buntar
    – Selinsing
    – Tanjung Piandang
  5. Kuala Kangsar
    – Chegar Galah
    – Kampung Buaia
    – Kota Lama Kanan
    – Kota Lama Kiri
    – Lubuk Merbau
    – Pulau Kamiri
    – Sayong
    – Senggang
    – Sungai Siput
  6. Larut, Matang and Selama
    – Batu Kurau
    – Bukit Gantang
    – Matang
    – Sungai Tinggi
    – Trong
  7. Hilir Perak
    – Sungai Durian
    – Durian Sebatang
    – Changkat Jong
    – Sungai Manik
    – Labu Kubong
  8. Hulu Perak
    – Pengkalan Hulu
    – Belukar Semang
    – Gerik
    – Belum
    – Kenering
    – Kerunai
    – Temenggor
    – Lenggong
    – Durian Pipit
    – Temelong
  9. Selama
    – Batu Kurau
    – Bukit Gantang
    – Matang
    – Sungai Tinggi
    – Trong
  10. Perak Tengah
    – Bandar
    – Blanja
    – Bota
    – Jaya Baru
    – Kampung Gajah
    – Kota Setia
    – Lambor
    – Layang-Layang
    – Pasir Panjang Hulu
    – Pasir Salak
    – Pulau Tiga
  11. Kampar
    – Kampar
    – Teja
  12. Muallim
    – Ulu Bernam
    – Slim
  13. Bagan Datuk
    – Bagan Datuk
    – Hutan Melintang
    – Rungkup
    – Teluk Bharu

 

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Travel Restriction : KL, Selangor, Putrajaya District List

MKN finally clarified their definition of districts, so here is the district list for KL, Selangor and Putrajaya that we compiled!

For Northern states, please see Penang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis District List
For Southern states, please see Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan District List

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel : Forbidden Nationwide

Ever since 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas. In CMCO areas, interstate travel is forbidden, but inter-district travel is allowed.

But when the 10 km travel limit was lifted, MKN announced that inter-district and interstate travel are FORBIDDEN  nationwide.

Ever since the inter-district travel was forbidden in Malaysia, people have wondered – how do you define the districts?

Unfortunately, the lack of a proper definition has led to some confusion – is KL a single district? Do we follow police districts or state districts?

This anecdotal example, that is being shared on social media, claims that the police are issuing fines based on police districts, instead of state districts.

Apparently daerah in PKP mean ikut Daerah IPD polis.

Daughter came back from Subang Jaya to Bukit Jelutong kena saman merentasi Daerah katanya because of different IPD . As far as i know Daerah in Selangor ada 9 je..and Subang Jaya and Shah Alam is under Daerah Petaling. Called IPD Shah Alam to clarify yes they said kena saman because different Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Jurisdiction.

Called MKN asking where is the SOP definition regarding Daerah.. Officer cannot answer but affirm Subang Jaya and Shah Alam under 1 daerah. Confused ask to refer to Polis… Polis ask to refer to MKN.. Polis officer confused MKN also confused.

Apparently Polis issue compound on behalf of Pejabat Kesihatan because under Akta Kesihatan..kompaun have to pay to Pejabat kesihatan in Kelana Jaya..so ask them kena mintak permit or not to go to Kelana Jaya pay kompoun..because different IPD ..no need pulak.

Lastly called Pejabat Kesihatan they also confused why kena saman because same Daerah..lastly kena buat surat rayuan pembatalan kompaun. wasted whole morning making phone calls to get definition of Daerah. No Definite answer. Semua confused.

Adoi Malaysia..land of the Confused Civil Servant and Politicians

 

Travel Restriction : MKN Clarifies Definition Of District!

After weeks of uncertainty, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally clarified their definition of district for the inter-district travel ban.

On 20 February 2021, they released an updated MCO SOP, which included this definition of district.

  • the entire federal territory of KL is considered as a single district
  • the district borders are as defined by the states

In other words, you can travel without restrictions throughout the entire Kuala Lumpur, and districts as defined by the states, not the police.

 

Travel Restriction : KL, Selangor, Putrajaya District List

Kuala Lumpur District List

Kuala Lumpur has 11 districts, but they are all considered as a single district for the purpose of travel restrictions.

So you can freely travel in all 11 districts without worrying about distance, or crossing inter-district lines.

  1. Bukit Bintang
  2. Titiwangsa
  3. Setiawangsa
  4. Wangsa Maju
  5. Batu
  6. Kepong
  7. Segambut
  8. Lembah Pantai
  9. Seputeh
  10. Bandar Tun Razak
  11. Cheras

Selangor District List

You are allowed to travel more than 10 kilometres from your home, but you can only travel within your district.

So identify your district and your townships below, and stay within your own district.

  1. Gombak District
    – Batu
    – Rawang
    – Setapak
    – Ulu Kelang
  2. Hulu Langat District
    – Hulu Langat
    – Ampang
    – Cheras
    – Hulu Semenyih
    – Kajang
    – Semenyih
    – Beranang
  3. Hulu Selangor District
    – Ampang Pecah
    – Batang Kali
    – Buloh Telur
    – Hulu Bernam
    – Hulu Yam
    – Kalumpang
    – Kerling
    – Kuala Kalumpang
    – Pertak
    – Rasa
    – Serendah
    – Sungai Gumut
    – Sungai Tinggi
  4. Klang District
    – Klang
    – Kapar
  5. Kuala Langat District
    – Bandar
    – Batu
    – Jugra
    – Kelanang
    – Morib
    – Tanjung 12
    – Teluk Panglima Garang
  6. Kuala Selangor District
    – Api-Api
    – Bestari Jaya
    – Hujong Permatang
    – Hulu Tinggi
    – Ijok
    – Jeram
    – Kuala Selangor
    – Pasangan
    – Tanjung Karang
  7. Petaling District
    – Bukit Raja
    – Sungai Buloh : Subang, Bandar Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bandar Sri Damansara, Merbau Sempak
    – Damansara : Subang Jaya, Pekan Hicom, Bandar Sunway, Bandar Petaling Jaya, Kayu Ara, Bandar Glenmarie, Bandar Saujana, Shah Alam, Batu Tiga, Country Height
    – Petaling : Puchong, Kinrara, Sungai Besi, Serdang
  8. Sabak Bernam District
    – Bagan Nakhoda Omar
    – Panchang Bendena
    – Pasir Panjang
    – Sabak
    – Sungai Panjang
  9. Sepang District
    – Dengkil
    – Labu
    – Sepang town

Putrajaya Precinct List

Although MKN did not specifically mention Putrajaya, we believe it is also considered as a single district like Kuala Lumpur, as it is much smaller than Kuala Lumpur.

But just in case, here is the list of the twenty one precincts in Putrajaya. Until MKN says otherwise, it’s best to stay within your own precinct.

 

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Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that all schools will reopen in March and April 2021.

Here are the details of this shocking change in policy by the Ministry of Education!

 

Malaysia : All Schools To Reopen In March / April 2021!

On 19 February 2021, the Minister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will reopen in March 2021 :

  • Preschool / Standard 1 / Standard 2 : 1 March 2021
  • Standard 3 until Standard 6 : 8 March 2021
  • Group A Secondary Schools : 4 April 2021
  • Group B Secondary Schools : 5 April 2021
  • Vocational Colleges : 1 March 2021
  • Private Schools : Same dates as public schools
  • International Schools : 8 March 2021
  • Private Education Centres, Tuition Centres : 8 March 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories.

He explained that the younger children are being asked to return to school one week earlier, to prepare them on how to comply with the SOP.

He also explained that the reopening of secondary schools are being delayed to April 2021, to allow for SPM examinations to be carried out in safer conditions.

Even for schools that are not registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Education (KPM), they are recommended to follow the same dates.

All schools must comply with the SOP, to ensure the safety of both students and teachers.

The Minister also pointed out that one of the greatest risk that the Ministry will address with the schools is the time when parents drop off and pick up their children. The schools will be required to make sure there is adequate physical distancing.

 

Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia Before Vaccination?

We have to wonder why the Malaysia Ministry of Education decided to reopen schools in Malaysia, before the COVID-19 vaccination programme kicks off.

We would have expected them to at least wait until the teachers were vaccinated, before reopening the schools.

The third phase, which would include all public and private teachers, would have kicked off in May 2021.

Recommended : Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 15 February 2021 Edition

 

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IKEA Cheras : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

IKEA just closed their Cheras store after multiple employees and service partners there tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!

 

IKEA Cheras : Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 25 January 2021, IKEA closed their Cheras store after several security guards there tested positive for COVID-19.

On 19 February, IKEA announced that multiple employees and service partners at their Cheras store tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected employees and service partners last worked between 8 and 14 February, and are now under self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

Their employees who were in close contact with the affected co-workers and service partners have already been placed under home quarantine, and have completed their COVID-19 swab tests.

IKEA closed their Cheras store on 19 February 2021 for cleaning and sanitisation, and for full contact tracing.

 

IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

Here is the official statement by IKEA on their Cheras Mall store COVID-19 exposure.

IKEA Malaysia, 19 Feb 2021: Following one of our scheduled routine tests at our Cheras store, we are sad to announce we have confirmed Covid-19 positive cases involving our co-workers and service partners. Their last working days were between 8 – 14 Feb 2021. All co-workers are now in self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

The health, safety and overall well-being of our co-workers, customers, partners, and community is our top priority. Therefore, we are taking precautionary measures to close our Cheras store on 19 Feb 2021 to undergo the necessary sanitisation and full contact tracing in accordance to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) standards.

All our co-workers who were in close contact have already been placed on home quarantine and completed Covid-19 swab tests. Customers who have further enquiries or need more information, please call MOH’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Center’s (CPRC) hotline: 03-8881 0200/0600/0700.

We are working closely with the authorities and will act on their advice. We have and will continue to carry out all necessary safety measures including replacement of co-workers, contact tracing, swab tests, quarantine for all close contacts and sanitisation.

The fight against Covid-19 pandemic is a shared responsibility. Let’s do our part by supporting and following the Government’s directions to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Stay safe and take care

 

IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Cases : What’s The Risk?

Anyone who shopped at IKEA Cheras on or before 14 February 2021, should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.

The risk will be low if both the affected guards and all customers wore face masks, and maintained physical distance.

The Ministry of Health will be conducting contact tracing for all positive cases, and those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and get tested.

Let this be a reminder why it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times – they greatly reduce the risk of infection.

You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

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MCO U-Turn : 2 Persons Per Table / Car Limit Lifted!

The Malaysia National Security Council just lifted the 2 persons per table, and 2 persons per car limit!

Find out how this affects your risk of getting infected by COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

MCO U-Turn : 2 Persons Per Table / Car Limit Lifted!

Another day, another U-turn by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN).

On 18 February 2021, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob announced that MKN decided to lift the 2 persons per table, and 2 persons per car limit in MCO / PKP areas.

Starting 19 February 2021, dining in is allowed at all restaurants and eateries, with NO LIMIT to how many people can sit at the same table, as long as there is customers are physically distanced by 1 metre, and there is a 1 metre gap between tables.

Also starting 19 February 2021, vehicles may carry up to their MAXIMUM legal capacity.

 

No Table / Car Limit : Are We At Greater Risk?

This new change would make MCO (PKP) virtually similar to RMCO (PKPP) and CMCO (PKPB) areas, which begs the question – why bother with the three different classifications?

But more importantly – how does this affect our risk of getting COVID-19?

Travelling Risks

For starters, lifting the limit on a personal vehicle’s capacity presents NO ADDITIONAL RISK, as they would all be from the same family / workplace.

However, this does not mean you should take this opportunity to travel, which could expose your family to greater risk of infection. Besides, interstate and inter-district travel is still FORBIDDEN.

And if you are taking a taxi or using a ride-hailing service, please make sure you wear a face mask at all times (like these girls in the picture below).

Dining In Risks

Lifting the table limit for dining too does not increase the risk of getting COVID-19, as long as everyone at the same table are from the same family.

However, we should point out that the very act of dining in presents a serious risk, as it has been shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads easily when people are dining in.

That’s because they are unmasked, and sitting together in an enclosed, indoor space.

The risk of getting COVID-19 while dining in can be greatly reduced, if :

  • you are using a private dining room / at an outdoor venue
  • you are dining only with family members living in the same house
  • your table is 2-3 metres away from other tables

Generally, it is safest NOT to dine in at all. Best to take-away your food, or drive-through.

 

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Bagan Specialist Centre : 5 Staff Positive For COVID-19!

Bagan Specialist Centre just announced that five staff members tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!

 

Bagan Specialist Centre : 5 Staff Positive For COVID-19!

On 16 February 2021, Bagan Specialist Centre announced that five staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

They did not reveal their job positions or work locations, only that they tested positive on 15 February 2021.

All affected staff members have been isolated and the affected services and areas closed for cleaning.

They also sent all hospital personnel in close contact with the 5 positive staff members for a PCR swab test, and placed them under quarantine.

Bagan Specialist Centre has now resumed normal operations, after an assessment by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

 

Bagan Specialist Centre COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

Here is the official statement by Bagan Specialist Centre on their COVID-19 exposure.

Please be informed that five of our staff at Bagan Specialist Centre have been confirmed Covid-19 positive on 15 February 2021. Bagan Specialist Centre has taken prompt action to manage this case according to Ministry of Health guidelines. The affected staff were isolated immediately and the affected services and areas were closed for terminal cleaning to mitigate the risk of spread with stringent infection control guidelines by the Ministry of Health. Contact tracing has b been completed and all hospital personnel who were in close contact with the affected staff have been swabbed for Covid-19 PCR Test and put under quarantine.

After asssessment by the Ministry of Health, the affected services and areas shall resume normal operation on 17 February 2021. The hospital’s consultants and staff are to remain vigilant in the fight against Covid-19. Bagan Specialist Centre will always ensure full compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 04-371 0000 for further information.

The Management

 

Bagan Specialist Centre COVID-19 Case : What’s The Risk?

Hospitals are considered high-risk because COVID-19 patients may seek treatment without knowing that they have COVID-19.

However, they are also the best equipped to prevent spread of such infection, by quarantining and testing patients who might have COVID-19.

Their staff would have also been trained to follow the SOP – wear PPE, maintain physical distance and practice good hand hygiene.

They would also have been trained to insist that patients and their caregivers wear their face masks properly, and practice good hand hygiene.

Without additional details, it is not known if the five affected staff members were infected outside the hospital, or by a COVID-19 patient (who could be asymptomatic).

Let this be a reminder why it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times – they greatly reduce the risk of infection.

You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :

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10 KM Travel Limit Lifted, Why Not Inter-District Travel?

The Malaysia National Security Council just lifted the 10 KM travel limit in MCO / PKP areas.

However, the decision raises some questions because interstate and inter-district travel are still forbidden!

 

10 KM MCO Travel Limit Lifted, But Not Interstate, Inter-District Travel

On 16 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) lifted the 10 KM travel limit in MCO / PKP areas.

Malaysia Defence Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, said that the reopening of all businesses in MCO / PKP areas rendered the travel limit “irrelevant“.

However, he said that interstate and inter-district travel remains forbidden across the country, whether in MCO, CMCO or RMCO areas.

 

10 KM Travel Limit Lifted, Why Not Inter-District Travel?

The Minister is correct that the 10 KM travel limit is really irrelevant after MKN allowed all businesses to reopen.

People have to travel to work, deliveries have to be made, and customers must be able to reach businesses. Otherwise, there’s no point in reopening the economy.

Limiting interstate travel is understandable, because it has resulted in the spread of COVID-19 through tourism and family visits.

However, limiting inter-district travel while lifting the 10 KM travel limit doesn’t make any sense.

After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, and people have to cross district and even state lines to work and buy essential items.

For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway.

How does crossing from Selangor into Kuala Lumpur – a distance of less than 1 KM – make it riskier than travelling 142 km from Sekinchan to Sepang – both within the state of Selangor?

Or what about Penang island which has two districts, with almost 1.8 million people?

For example, Bukit Jambul in the Timur Laut district is right across the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone in the Barat Daya district.

How is it riskier to cross from Bukit Jambul to Bayan Lepas, than to drive 27 km from Batu Feringghi to Bukit Jambul?

The virus travels through people, not the air. So it is less critical to prevent people from crossing district lines, and far, FAR more important to ensure that they comply with these golden rules :

Of course, it is safest for everyone to help break the chain of infection by staying at home, and not going out at all.

But it does not help to block inter-district travel, while lifting the 10 KM limit on travel and letting all businesses reopen as normal.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Extended To 4 March 2021!

Malaysia just extended MCO restrictions to 4 March 2021, with some states downgraded to CMCO and RMCO restrictions.

Here are the details of what the Malaysia National Security Council just announced!

 

MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Extended To 4 March 2021!

Malaysia just extended MCO restrictions to 4 March 2021, with some states downgraded to CMCO and RMCO restrictions.

MCO (Movement Control Order) Areas

These states and federal territories will continue with MCO / PKP restrictions until 4 March 2021.

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Selangor
  • Johor
  • Penang

CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) Areas

These states and federal territories will come under CMCO / PKPB restrictions from 19 February until 4 March 2021.

  • Sabah
  • Pahang
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Terengganu
  • Kelantan
  • Perak
  • Melaka
  • Kedah
  • Labuan
  • Putrajaya

Sarawak will continue with the same CMCO / PKPB restrictions from 15 February until 1 March 2021.

RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) Areas

Perlis will come under RMCO / PKPP restrictions from 19 February until 4 March 2021.

 

Extended MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Existing SOP To Continue

According to Malaysia Defence Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, the existing SOP for MCO / CMCO / RMCO will apply.

Here is a quick summary of their key SOPs :

MCO / PKP SOP

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Restaurants (including those in pubs and night clubs), cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Dine-in is only allowed for up to two (2) persons per table.
  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.
  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 : What You Need To Know!

CMCO / PKPB SOP

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.
  • Individual sporting activities and non-contact recreation or those performed individually and not involving more than 10 people, like walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing, and so on are permitted.
  • Picnics, swimming pool activities and contact sports are forbidden.
  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres must close.

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RMCO / PKPP SOP

  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • Public transportation, like buses, express buses, LRT / MRT / ERL / Monorail / ferry / airlines / taxi / e-hailing vehicles are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 AM.
  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • All religious activities are allowed, subject to the relevant SOPs.
  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open, except for F&B services.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are allowed to open.
  • All sports and recreational activities are allowed, subject to the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.
  • All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres are allowed to operate as usual.

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

Malaysia just announced that driving and flight schools will be allowed to reopen in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Driving + Flight Schools Can Reopen!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Driving Schools

  • Driving schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Both practical and theory classes are permitted.
  • Operational hours : 7:30 AM until 8:30 PM
  • Both teacher and student must wear face masks at all times.
  • Only the student scheduled for that time slot is allowed to be present at the premise.
  • Physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained at the counter and waiting area.
  • The vehicle must be sanitised after each training session.

Flight Schools

  • Flight schools may reopen from 12 February 2021 onwards, with hybrid training.
  • Trainees must remain within the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • Trainees must obtain letter of authorisation for inter-state or inter-district travel

 

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MCO 2.0 Changes : Fishing + More Sports, Gym Allowed!

Malaysia just announced that fishing and more sports activities will be allowed in MCO areas!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO Changes Today : Fishing + More Sports, Gym Allowed!

On 11 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Sports

  • These changes are effective from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Jogging, brisk walking, cycling and other forms of exercise are limited to TWO (2) persons, within the neighbourhood.
  • Tennis, badminton and ping pong are allowed, limited to one player on each side (singles).
  • 2-wheel and 4-wheel motorsports are allowed.
  • Self training for football, basketball, hockey, and sepak takraw, are allowed.
  • Gymnasiums, badminton courts, tennis courts, futsal courts, football fields and golf courses are allowed, according to advanced booking and schedule, to prevent crowding (30% max. capacity).
  • Gymnasiums must ensure physical distance of 1-3 m for static activities, and 3-5 m for dynamic activities.
  • Gym equipment must be spaced at least 2 metres apart, and must be sanitised after each use.
  • Gym group classes are FORBIDDEN. The use of changing rooms and shower rooms are FORBIDDEN.
  • At golf courses, every buggy is limited to one person, and caddies must wear face masks and gloves at all time. Club houses, changing rooms and shower rooms are FORBIDDEN.
  • All group sports and contact sports are still FORBIDDEN.

Fisheries + Recreational Fishing

  • Fishing and related activities are allowed from 12 February 2021 onwards.
  • Fishing ponds, houseboats, kelongs, raft houses, fishing boats are now allowed.
  • Fishing ponds must be registered with the local authorities and the fisheries department
  • Houseboats, raft houses, kelongs and fishing boats must be registered with the local authorities
  • Every person must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres, and their seating positions marked
  • Every person must register using MySejahtera or a manual logbook.
  • Every premise must undergo sanitisation every 2 hours during operation hours, and deep cleaning after operational hours.
  • Operational hours are only from 8 AM until 10 PM.
  • Fishing competitions and festivals are FORBIDDEN.
  • Houseboats, fishing boats, raft houses that are rented out for fishing trips cannot exceed 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Owners of houseboats, fishing boats, raft houses must register their clients using MySejahtera or a manual logbook.

 

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Malaysia : FREE COVID-19 Vaccine For All Foreign Residents!

Malaysia just announced that all foreign residents will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine for FREE!

Find out why this is a critical step to curb or eradicate COVID-19 in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia : FREE COVID-19 Vaccine For All Foreign Residents!

The Malaysian government had already announced earlier than the COVID-19 vaccine would be provided FREE to all Malaysian citizens, but are considering it for foreign residents.

On 11 February 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the COVID-19 vaccine will also be offered for FREE to all foreign residents in Malaysia!

However, they will prioritise the vaccination of Malaysian citizens, with further information on the vaccination of foreign residents to be announced later.

 

Why Is Malaysia Providing FREE COVID-19 Vaccine To Foreign Residents?

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (Jawatankuasa Has Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin COVID-19 or JKJAV) said that the decision was based on these factors :

  • a COVID-19 free environment can only be achieved when the vast majority of people in Malaysia are vaccinated
  • it is a humanitarian move to provide the vaccine to everyone during this pandemic
  • a record number of COVID-19 clusters involve foreign workers in the plantation, construction and manufacturing sectors
  • the cost of treating and quarantining COVID-19 patients are high due to the high number of foreign worker clusters
  • foreign workers are part of the community and contribute towards the nation’s economy
  • other countries are also providing free vaccines to Malaysian citizens residing overseas

This decision was also based on the fact that Malaysia had already obtained more than enough COVID-19 vaccines for Malaysian citizens.

Finally, they pointed out that effective herd immunity can only be created when the vast majority of the population in Malaysia – whether local or foreign – are vaccinated.

 

FREE COVID-19 Vaccine Fore Foreign Residents : Our Thoughts

We applaud the Malaysian government for deciding to provide all foreign residents with the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the best way to achieve herd immunity – by providing as many people as possible with the vaccine.

Vaccine hesitancy due to fake news and active campaigns by antivaxxers is at an all-time high, and would prevent vaccines from creating an effective herd immunity.

Charging foreign residents, or their employers, to vaccinate against COVID-19 would further increase vaccine hesitancy.

To safeguard the citizenry, we must also protect our foreign guests and workers. And that means offering the COVID-19 vaccine for free to them as well.

While the government has not released any details yet, we hope that they will look at vaccinating undocumented migrants too, even if they are unable to provide proof of residence.

However, they should also come up with a plan to prevent vaccine tourism – foreigners coming into Malaysia for the chance to get the vaccine earlier.

 

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MySejahtera Now Mandatory : RM1K Fine Otherwise!

Please note that MySejahtera logging is now MANDATORY, and there is a RM 1,000 non-compliance fine!

 

MySejahtera Now Mandatory : RM1K Non-Compliance Fine!

COVID-19 contact tracing requires timely and accurate logging of everyone’s movements, which has been accomplished by many apps and manual logbooks in Malaysia.

However, to streamline and speed up the contact tracing process, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced on 9 February 2021 that MySejahtera logging is now mandatory.

Starting from Wednesday, 10 February 2021, everyone in Malaysia must log their movements in public areas using the MySejahtera app.

You can use other contact tracing apps as well, but only in addition to MySejahtera, which again is MANDATORY.

The use of manual logbooks is no longer allowed, except in rural areas where Internet connectivity is poor or not available.

If you are fail to log your movements using MySejahtera, you can be issued a fine of RM 1,000 per person, per offence!

However, the government did not detail how people who do not own a smartphone are supposed to log their visits.

Now, the RM 1,000 fine for not logging your movement in public places is not new. Malaysian netizens have shared videos and photos of enforcement checks for months now.

 

MySejahtera : What Is It?

MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.

Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.

Using MySejahtera also allows the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to easier and faster conduct contact tracing.

Please note that EVERY PERSON – including children and domestic helpers – must be registered.

Unfortunately, the government has not stated what people should do, if they do not have a smartphone.

 

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MCO Changes Today : Dining, Retail, Creative Industry, Sports

Malaysia just announced that a series of MCO SOP reversals for dining, retail, creative industry as well as sports!

Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!

 

MCO U-Turns Today : Dining, Retail, Creative Industry, Sports

On 9 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.

This comes a day after they forbade pub and nightclub restaurants from operating.

Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :

Restaurants + Eateries

  • Dining in is allowed in restaurants and eateries from 10 February 2021 onwards.
  • Restaurants inside pubs and night clubs are still NOT allowed.
  • Limited to two (2) persons per table.
  • Must have minimum physical distance of 1 metre
  • At least one employee must be dedicated to ensure compliance with SOP

Retail Industry

  • All remaining retail business selling fashion, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, electronics, cameras, flowers, souvenirs, carpets, sports equipment, kitchen equipment and more, are allowed to reopen from 10 February 2021 onwards.
  • Businesses must clean and sanitise their stores 3 times a day.
  • Employees and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • All customers must register using MySejahtera.
  • Fashion shops must provide gloves for the selection of clothes and accessories
  • Cosmetic and fragrance : only purchases allowed, consultation and cosmetics testing are forbidden

Creative Industry

  • The creative industry will be allowed to start operating from 10 February 2021 onwards.
  • This includes animation production, music production, studio production, digital music composition and recording, pre-production, filming, live streaming – all without a live audience.
  • Filming and production is allowed from 8 AM until 10 PM.
  • Production studios must obtain special production certification from FINAS, which includes a name list of people working on the project, and negative COVID-19 test results at least 3 days before production begins.
  • Up to 30% of the management team, up to a maximum of 20 people, are allowed on site.
  • Food and drinks must be packaged and taken away.
  • Face-to-face casting is not allowed.

Sports

  • Centralised training programs can resume for teams playing in the Malaysia Football League (MFL), Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) and Sepak Takraw League (STL) starting 15 February 2021.
  • The liberalisation of other individual sports are being considered, and will be announced shortly.

 

Dining In At Restaurants : Our Opinion

Dining in at restaurants and cafes poses special risk with COVID-19, because it involves :

  • sitting indoors for an extended period of time,
  • sharing the room with strangers
  • not being able to wear face masks while eating or drinking
  • talking while having a meal

Photo Credit : CGTN

A distance of 1 metre may not be sufficient to mitigate the risks of getting infected by a COVID-positive person in the same cafe / restaurant.

Arguably, letting a family of 10 dine at the same table in a private room is far less risky than letting a couple sit at the same table in a common room with other couples.

The risk comes not from how many people are sitting at the same table, but their relationship. Sharing the table with people you live with is ZERO RISK, but sharing the room with strangers – that’s the real risk.

 

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Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

People are still very confused about what’s allowed and not allowed for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

Fortunately, MKN just released the answers to the top 5 questions people are asking!

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : U-Turn After Correction

This year’s announcement on the Chinese New Year reunion dinner SOP was a masterpiece in incompetence.

The original Chinese New Year SOP was widely ridiculed, then corrected before being reversed – all in a matter of days.

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Even the recent announcement, which we summarised above, was so vague, many people had questions.

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : Top Questions Answered!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) finally released their answers to our top questions about the Chinese New Year reunion dinner :

Question #1 : Are family reunion dinners allowed?

Yes. Family reunion dinners are ALLOWED for not more than 15 close family members living within a radius of 10 km, without crossing district or state lines.

Question #2 : When are family reunion dinners allowed?

Only on Thursday, 11 February 2021.

Question #3 : If I live within 10 km but in a neighbouring district, can I still attend the family reunion dinner?

No, you are NOT allowed to cross district or state lines.

Question #4 : How many people are allowed to travel to the family reunion dinner in the same car on 11 February 2021?

According to the latest MCO SOP (updated on 4 February 2021), only TWO (2) persons may travel in the same car.

Question #5 : How do you define close family members?

Close family members allowed at the family reunion dinners :

  • husband and wife
  • parents
  • children
  • brothers and sisters

 

Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner : More Changes Expected

This is yet another clarification that brooks more questions than it answers.

Why Two Persons Per Car?

What’s the point of restricting families to only two persons per car?

How does that help prevent the spread of COVID-19? After all, they are from the same family!

All this rule does is force families to drive multiple vehicles to attend the dinner.

Why Forbid Inter-District Travel?

The 10 km limit should be sufficient to restrict travel, even though this really isn’t even enforceable.

Forbidding inter-district travel for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner does not help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Infected people spread COVID-19 – it doesn’t matter if they travel across districts, or within the district.

Either the government bans the reunion dinner completely, or allow it with inter-district travel. It really doesn’t make any difference.

Close Family Definition Too Vague

The close family definition is still too vague. MKN should have just made it simple and clear by just saying no friends allowed.

Right now, a strict reading of the FAQ means that brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces are not allowed.

We foresee them “clarifying” the definition later, to something simpler and yet more clear-cut like parents, brothers and sisters of the family, including their children.

 

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Another U-Turn : Pub + Nightclub Restaurants Now Forbidden!

Malaysia just announced a sudden reversal of their policy of allowing pub and nightclub restaurants to offer takeaway food and drinks.

Nightclub and pub restaurants are no longer allowed to operate.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : No Longer Allowed!

On 8 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that pubs and nightclubs, as well as their restaurants, are no longer allow to operate.

Pubs and nightclubs have never been allowed to operate during the MCO, but just days ago, they allowed their restaurants to offer food and drinks for takeaway.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : Yet Another U-Turn

This is a sudden reversal of their policy to allow pub and nightclub restaurants to offer takeaway food and drinks, to survive during the MCO lockdown.

On 4 February 2021, just four days ago, MKN released an updated MCO SOP, that allowed pubs and nightclubs to operate their restaurants.

In that updated SOP, pub and nightclub restaurants were allowed to offer takeaway food and drinks from 6 AM until 10 PM.

Of course, they were not allowed to serve dine-in customers. But the takeaway option gave them a chance to eke out a living. That is no longer even an option, with this U-turn.

One wonders how their restaurants pose a greater risk of COVID-19 infections than “regular” restaurants, when they all only offer food and drinks to take-away…

 

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Chinese New Year U-Turn Invites More Questions!

Malaysia just reversed their Chinese New Year restrictions for the MCO lockdown.

Find out what’s changed, and why this new CNY SOP just invites more questions!

 

Malaysia Reverses Chinese New Year Restrictions!

After their original Chinese New Year restrictions were ridiculed, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) corrected and then reversed their decision today.

Here is a summary of what’s NOW allowed for Chinese New Year in Malaysia :

Family Reunion Dinner

  • Allowed for one day only, on Thursday, 11 February 2021.
  • Up to 15 close family members may attend.
  • Those family members must live within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Cross-district or interstate travel is forbidden.

Religious Activities

  • Allowed on three days only11, 12 and 19 February 2021.
  • Up to 30 people may be present at any one time.
  • They must all wear face masks, and physically distance.
  • Every prayer session can last up to 30 minutes, and must be followed by sanitation for 30 minutes, before the next prayer session.
  • Prayers can last from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Home prayers on the night of 19 February 2021 are allowed for the Hokkien Clan (Pai Ti Kong).

 

Third Chinese New Year SOP : More Questions!

This is the third MCO SOP for Chinese New Year 2021, and may not be the last.

For some reason, the government neglected Chap Goh Meh – the last day of Chinese New Year, which is also a significant date.

If they want to ban Chap Goh Meh celebrations, please state so, and say it clearly.

But even more critically, they did not clarify whether the inter-district or interstate travel restrictions include the Klang Valley.

After all, many areas in the Klang Valley are in close proximity, even if they cross district and state lines.

For example, Damansara Perdana and Mutiara Damansara (which are in Selangor) are right next to TTDI (in Kuala Lumpur), separated only by the LDP highway. Will crossing the state and district lines between these adjoining areas be allowed?

Finally, there’s no mention of whether more than two people are allowed to travel in the same car for the reunion dinner, which 15 people can now attend.

So we expect the government to “further clarify” their Chinese New Year SOP going forward…

Note : MKN just clarified their SOP on Chinese New Year reunion dinners!

 

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RM1K MCO Fine For Standing 0.8m Apart In Queue?

Can you really get a RM1,000 MCO fine for standing just 0.8 metres apart in a queue?

Find out what happened to Bernard He, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : RM1K MCO Fine For Standing 0.8m Apart In Queue!

On 4 February, Bernard He Linjun was queuing up for his turn at cash deposit machine at a bank, when the police came to check for compliance with the MCO SOP.

The police officers took pictures at the bank, asked customers for their MyKad identity cards, and then instructed them to wait outside after using the ATM machines.

Bernard thought he was safe because he logged his visit using MySejahtera, and had queued up properly – standing inside the designated queue box.

Nevertheless, when his turn came, he was issued a RM1,000 MCO fine for not complying with the social distancing SOP!

When he questioned the police officer, he was told that while he was standing inside the marked box, they were all less than 1 metre apart.

According to the police, the boxes were only 0.8 metres apart, and the bank did not adjust their spacing even after being warned about this earlier.

As this was a technical violation of the law, they had to issue him the compound. They also fined the bank for violating the SOP.

He ended his post with the advice that people should help to warn businesses and other people about such SOP requirements, so they won’t get fined like him.

 

RM1K MCO Fine For Standing 0.8m Apart In Queue : The Facts

Some netizens have suggested that he may not be telling the truth. After all, similar claims have proven to be false in the past.

Others have also suggested that he was complaining on Facebook to gain sympathy, fame or attention.

However, Bernard was telling the truth, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : He Posted A Picture Of His Compound

On 5 February 2021, Bernard posted a picture of the police compound he received.

It showed that he was, indeed, fined RM1,000 on 4 February 2021, for not complying with the social distancing SOP.

Fact #2 : There Is A 1 Metre Social Distancing Requirement In Public

There is a 1 metre social distancing requirement in public, including businesses like banks and shopping malls.

This applies throughout Malaysia, irrespective of whether the area is under RMCO, CMCO or MCO restrictions.

Even though it is hard for anyone to visually differentiate between 0.8 metre and a full metre, the police are technically correct to say that standing 0.8 metre from someone else is breaking the law.

To be safe, try to stand further away (1.5 to 2 metres) from other people. If they complain, use Bernard’s example as evidence that this is no joke.

Do also note that the social distancing rule is extended to a minimum of 3 metres for dynamic sporting activities.

Fact #3 : You Can Appeal The Decision

If you feel that the police wrongly issued the MCO fine, you can appeal it.

In Bernard’s case, he was relying on the bank to accurately space out their “social distancing boxes” for their customers.

He may not necessarily win his appeal, but he has a good reason to appeal.

After all, no one brings a measuring tape to ensure social distancing, and we all rely on marked boxes to comply with the SOP.

 

Bernard’s Posts On His RM1K MCO Fine

For those who can read Chinese, here was what Bernard He posted about how he received a RM1,000 MCO fine for not complying with the social distancing SOP :

 

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Malaysia “Corrects” SOP For Chinese New Year!

Malaysia just issued a “corrected” SOP for Chinese New Year, replacing the original version which was roundly mocked by netizens.

Take a look at this newly “corrected” SOP for Chinese New Year 2021!

MKN just reversed their decision! Please see Malaysia Reverses Chinese New Year Restrictions!

 

Chinese New Year SOP : First Version Was A Joke!

When the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the Chinese New Year SOP for 2021, it was roundly mocked by netizens for its absurd rules.

For example, it told family members of the same household to visit each other! This meme shows just how absurd the suggestion was.

 

Malaysia “Corrects” SOP For Chinese New Year!

Just one day later, MKN issued a new, “corrected” SOP for Chinese New Year!

  • The SOP now applies for the three days – 11, 12 and 19* February 2021.
  • The family is now asked to celebrate at home, instead of visiting each other in the same house.
  • The family reunion dinner is only allowed for family members residing in the same house.
  • The arbitrary limit of 20 people in the same house, was removed.
  • The ridiculous requirement to physically distance in the household was removed.
  • The absurd prohibition for family members to greet or touch each other was removed.
  • No one is allowed to go to temples and houses of worship.
  • Lion / dragon dance is forbidden.
  • Tanglung and Chingay parades are forbidden.
  • Chinese opera and stage shows are forbidden.
  • Pre-celebration sales are only allowed in selected premises. Online purchase is encouraged.

* 19th February is when Pai Ti Kong (Bai Tian Gong) is celebrated by the Hokkien people.

This strict stay-at-home Chinese New Year SOP will mean that all Chinese families will have to celebrate by themselves, without an actual reunion dinner.

The government should really KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) by banning gatherings and visitations for all 16 days of Chinese New Year – from the eve to Chap Goh Meh.

By only highlighting those 3 days, it opens up the possibility of people misinterpreting the SOP to mean that it’s okay to have reunion dinners or visitations on the other days of Chinese New Year.

Please stay safe, everyone, so that we can celebrate Chinese New Year with our family and friends next year!

 

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Chinese New Year SOP For MCO Lacks Common Sense

The Malaysia National Security Council just announced the MCO SOP for Chinese New Year, and it lacks common sense, or an understanding of Chinese culture.

Take a look at their Chinese New Year SOP, and see for yourself why it really doesn’t make much sense…

 

Chinese New Year : SOP For MCO Areas

Here is the SOP that was just released for the celebration of Chinese New Year in MCO areas – basically all of Malaysia, except Sarawak.

  • The SOP applies for the first two days of Chinese New Year – 12 and 13 February 2021
  • Not more than 20 people are allowed in the house, with physical distancing
  • The family reunion dinner is only allowed for family members residing in the same house.
  • Visitation is only allowed for family members residing in the same house.
  • No one is allowed to greet or touch each other.
  • No one is allowed to go to temples and houses of worship.
  • Lion / dragon dance is forbidden.
  • Tanglung and Chingay parades are forbidden.
  • Chinese opera and stage shows are forbidden.
  • Open houses are forbidden.

Note : This SOP has just been corrected. See Malaysia “Corrects” SOP For Chinese New Year!

 

Chinese New Year SOP For MCO Lacks Common Sense

Now, let us share with you why the Chinese New Year SOP lacks common sense, or an understanding of Chinese culture.

Reason #1 : Chinese New Year Lasts 15 Days

Chinese New Year actually lasts 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. But in reality, it lasts 16 days, because it actually kicks off on the eve.

But the point is that if the SOP only covers the first two days, then it cannot apply to the Tanglung (Lantern) Festival, which takes place on the last day (15th day) of Chinese New Year!

Neither would the SOP apply to the Chingay Parade, which happens on the 21st day of the Lunar New Year in Johor Bahru, 12 December 2021 in Penang island and 19 December 2021 in Prai, Penang.

Reason #2 : Family Reunion Dinner Is On CNY Eve!

The family reunion dinner happens not on the first or second day of Chinese New Year, but on its eve – the night before!

Technically, Malaysians will not be flouting the SOP if they gather on the eve (11 February 2021) for their family reunion dinner.

Also, it is only a reunion dinner if extended family members attend. Otherwise, it’s just a regular family dinner.

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Reason #3 : Chinese New Year Eve Is A Cultural Event

Chinese New Year is a cultural event, not a religious event. It is celebrated by Chinese people of ALL religions, or none at all.

There is no requirement to attend church, visit a temple, or go to a mosque, on Chinese New Year.

So the SOP on religious gatherings or visits is really irrelevant, and shows their lack of understanding.

Reason #4 : Visitation In The Same Home Is Nonsensical

It is nonsensical to tell people living in the same house to visit each other. This probably only happens in Among Us.

Reason #5 : Capacity Limit In The Same House Is Nonsensical

It is also nonsensical to put an arbitrary limit of 20 people, when the SOP insists that they must all be living in the same house!

If they are all living in the same house, why does it matter if there are 5, 20, or 100 people?

Anyone sick with COVID-19 would have infected other members of the family, long before Chinese New Year!

Reason #6 : No Greeting Or Touching Family Members Is Nonsensical

It is nonsensical to insist that family members cannot greet or touch each other, when they are all LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSE!

How is that going to help prevent COVID-19 spread within the same house???

Does the government also expect husband and wife to sleep separately during the first two days of Chinese New Year?

Reason #7 : Physical Distancing In The Same House Is Nonsensical

This should have been obvious to our government officials – physical distancing in the same house is as asinine as physical distancing in a car.

Those living in the same house have already been in close contact for more than a year. How does it help to separate everyone by 1-2 metres for just two days during Chinese New Year?

 

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Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 : What You Need To Know!

Take a look at the updated SOP for the stricter MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown of Malaysia!

Updated @ 2021-02-04 : Barbershops, hair saloons and car washes are now allowed.

Updated @ 2021-01-29 : Added changes to night markets and allowed businesses.

Updated @ 2021-01-21 : Added the extension for eateries to 10 PM.

Updated @ 2021-01-13 : Added the MCO SOP video, and additional SOP.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-12

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Why The Need For New SOP?

The MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 initially applied to eight states and territories in Malaysia on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

The MCO 2.0 was soon extended across the entire country, except for Sarawak, from 26 January 2021 onwards.

The government then introduced a new SOP to balance the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, with the economic losses of the original MCO lockdown.

 

Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 (29 Jan 2021) in Malaysia!

On 12 January 2021, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced some details of the new SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0.

This was followed by various changes to the SOP announced by MKN over time.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants (including those in pubs and night clubs), cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 10 PM

Shopping + Services

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Hair saloons + barber shops : until 10 PM.
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Car washes : until 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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Malaysia MCO 2.0 : Hair Saloon + Car Wash Now Allowed!

The Malaysian government just announced that hair saloon and car wash will be allowed to open during MCO 2.0, together with night markets!

 

Malaysia MCO 2.0 : Hair Saloon + Car Wash Now Allowed!

On 4 February 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that barber shop, hair saloon and car wash will be allowed to open during MCO 2.0, until 10 PM daily.

They also confirmed that night markets are also allowed to operate during MCO 2.0, from 4 PM until 10 PM.

These new rules take effect IMMEDIATELY, from 4 February 2021 onwards.

 

Malaysia MCO 2.0 : Updated SOP

With these changes, here is the updated SOP for MCO 2.0.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants, cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 10 PM

Shopping + Services

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Hair saloon + barber shops : until 10 PM.
  • Car wash : until 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

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Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

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