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No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

The Malaysia Minister of Education just announced that ALL primary school students will be able to attend school without rotation starting April 17!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Some Primary School Students Undergo Rotation

When the new 2022-2023 school term began in Malaysia, roughly half of primary school students were only allowed to attend school on a rotation basis.

Standard 1, Standard 2 and Standard 6 students in primary schools with enrolment of more than 600 students, were allowed to attend school, without rotation.

But Standard 3, Standard 4 and Standard 5 students in those larger primary schools were only allowed to attend classes in rotation – one week on, one week off.

 

No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

On 8 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Education Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all primary school students will be allowed to attend school without rotation :

  • Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) : April 17 onwards
  • Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) : April 18 onwards

Pupils who were attending school on a rotational basis now can return (in full).

The most important thing is everyone’s adherence to the standard operating procedures. Even though we are transitioning to the endemic phase, it is still important to follow the SOPs.

I ask parents to always remind their children that they should make sure they adhere to the SOPs.

 

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1 Week Toll-Free Travel Between Malaysia + Singapore!

To kickstart the reopening of the land border, Malaysia will offer toll-free travel to and from Singapore for one week!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia + Singapore To Allow Land Travel On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2022, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore announced that they will reopen their common land border on 1 April 2022!

Start 1 April 2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers will be allowed to cross from Malaysia to Singapore, and vice versa, without the need to

  • apply for entry approval
  • under quarantine
  • take a pre-departure test
  • take an on-arrival test

This travel liberalisation will apply to all travellers, regardless of nationality and the medium of transportation.

This announcement will restore land travel between Malaysia and Singapore to how it was pre-pandemic, which will greatly boost trade and tourism.

Many Malaysians and Singaporeans will also be able to meet up with friends and family members in the other country.

Read more : Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

 

1 Week Toll-Free Travel Between Singapore + Malaysia!

To kickstart the reopening of the land border, Malaysia will offer toll-free travel to and from Singapore for one week!

From 1 April until 7 April 2022, the toll fee will be waived on all vehicles travelling via the Johor Causeway (Sultan Iskandar) and the Second Link (Tanjung Kupang).

This toll fee waiver are for Malaysian citizens, who are Touch ‘n Go and SmartTag users, travelling in both directions.

This toll fee waiver is in addition to the Road Charge waiver for Singapore-registered vehicles entering Malaysia at both the Johor Causeway and the Second Link.

PLUS Highway estimates that at least 42,000 vehicles will enter Malaysia through the both locations every day. This toll fee waiver is estimated to benefit over 300,000 cross-border journeys between Malaysia and Singapore.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 March Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 2 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 16 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 3 SOP, please see PPN 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 4 SOP currently applies to Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Melaka, Selangor, Kuala LumpurPutrajaya, Terengganu, Johor, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah, Sarawak and Kelantan.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 March Edition!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP that was released on 7 March 2022.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under this SOP, you are only considered fully-vaccinated if you meet these requirements :

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Moderna or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must exceed 14 days after receiving the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must exceed 28 days after receiving the second dose.

Individuals are considered to have received their booster dose as soon as they receive their booster dose. New!

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

Overseas Travellers In Phase 4 Areas

  • Travellers must download and active the MySejahtera app before travelling to Malaysia. They must click on the Traveller icon in the app, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form while overseas. New!
  • Necessary (travel) information required as evidence must either be uploaded into MySejahtera, or brought with you, for reference. New!
  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 2 days prior to departure.
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival in Malaysia. New!
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is: Updated!
    – 5 days at home (if appropriate) or a quarantine station, for those who received a booster dose, or
    – 7 days at home (if appropriate) or a quarantine station, for those who are fully-vaccinated without a booster dose, or
    – 10 days at a quarantine station, for those who are unvaccinated, or have incomplete vaccination.
  • Travellers must perform self-assessment every day through the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app until the end of his/her quarantine (whether it’s 5, 7 or 10 days after arrival). New!
  • Travellers do not need to undergo COVID-19 screening tests every day AND to be cleared from quarantine. New!
  • However, travellers must take an RTK-Ag self-test if they become symptomatic. If the test result is positive, the traveller must continue the quarantine and monitor his/her health status through the HAT every day. If the symptoms become worse, you must seek treatment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) or a private health facility. New!
  • Travellers are cleared from their quarantine on the 5th, 7th or 10th day of quarantine, based on their vaccination status. New!
  • Children below 18 years of age travelling with parents or guardians will follow their quarantine periods. New!

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • Individuals who received a booster dose and are not symptomatic, do not need to undergo quarantine. However, they must perform an RTK-Ag self-test on the 1st and 3rd day from the last date of exposure to the COVID-19 positive case. New!
  • Individuals who received a booster dose but are symptomatic, must undergo a 5-day quarantine at home and perform an RTK-Ag self-test. New!
  • 5 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals without booster dose (with or without symptoms). Perform RTK-Ag self-test when symptomatic. Updated!
  • 5 day home quarantine for unvaccinated / incomplete vaccinated individuals (with or without symptoms). Perform RTK-Ag self-test when symptomatic. Updated!
  • Individuals will receive a digital Home Surveillance Order. The digital HSO can be screen-printed and employers must accept the digital HSO as proof that the individual must undergo isolation / quarantine. New!

General Health Protocol In Phase 4 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners are REQUIRED to provide MySejahtera QR code at the door / entry points of shopping malls, supermarkets. wholesale markets, wet markets and night markets. Shops or kiosks inside shopping malls, wholesale markets, wet markets and night markets do NOT need to provide MySejahtera QR codes. Updated!
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse (senior citizens, no smartphone, etc.). Updated!
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity) before entering government / private premises. Offices within those buildings do NOT need to provide a MySejahtera QR code. Updated!
  • Symptomatic individuals are NOT ALLOWED to enter premises.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk including Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter. Updated!
  • COVID-19 vaccination card can be used to show vaccination status in case there is no MySejahtera.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre at any time. Updated
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • Must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sports and recreational activities
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises) Updated!

Education Sector In Phase 4 Areas New!

  • Hand sanitiser must be provided in appropriate areas, and everyone must use it.
  • All teachers, executive staff, support staff and visitors must scan the QR code using the MySejahtera app before entering education premises under the Ministry of Education (KPM).
  • Only teachers, executive staff, support staff and visitors with “Low Risk” status in MySejahtera, as well as confirmation of a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, are allowed to enter education premises under KPM.
  • Parents / guardians must ensure that their children / wards are not symptomatic before sending them to school.
  • Symptomatic students or those who have COVID-19 positive family members staying in the same house (close contact) are NOT allowed to attend school.
  • Symptomatic students in schools must be isolated in isolation rooms for further action.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 4 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or vaccination card with ID card or passport for verification.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 12 years and younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • Interstate travel by workers are subject to worker’s pass or employer’s confirmation letter.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may travel for funeral and emergencies, after getting permission from the police.
  • All vehicles, whether driven by individuals, for transportation of goods or public transport, are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Activities and services at all airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.

Civil Service

  • 100% attendance capacity is allowed
  • Civil service is subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Must follow the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings and interviews are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit witnessed by the event organiser or with confirmation from a medical practitioner, before attending a face-to-face meeting; or conduct the meeting via video conferencing.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.

Seminars, Trainings + MICE

  • Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings and talks including MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • Undergo COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Government + Private Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Social Activities In Phase 4 Areas New!

  • Social events like feasts, religious festivals, engagement parties, weddings, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals at 50% capacity with physical distance of 1 meter.
  • Attendees, organisers and staff must wear face masks at all times, except when eating and drinking.
  • Avoid 3C (Crowded, Closed and Chatting), and always perform the 3W (Wash, Wear, Warn).
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 12 years or younger, while following general health protocol.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test in line with the National COVID-19 Screening Strategy.

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities

  • All of these activities, and their supply chain, are allowed to operate according to their licences, except those mentioned in the Negative List.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining and Quarrying

  • Manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying activities are ALLOWED, according to these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity only
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Trade + Distribution

  • Trade and distribution sectors, including business and service activities, are allowed to operate according to the licences.

Businesses Open Only To Fully Vaccinated Customers

  • These businesses can only serve fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Photographic equipment and photography shop
    2. Preloved (second hand) shop
    3. Flower and nursery shop
    4. Handicraft and souvenir shop
    5. Antique shop
    6. Games shop
    7. Carpet shop
    8. Creative content and equipment shop
    9. Outdoor equipment (including camping, fishing and other equipment)
    10. Cosmetics, skincare and perfume
    11. Tobacco shop (including vape and electronic cigarette)
    12. House and kitchen appliance shop
    13. Furniture shop
    14. Sporting goods shop
    15. Car accessories shop
    16. Car sales and distribution
    17. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    18. Jewellery shop
    19. Barber shop
    20. Beauty salon / center
    21. House show room
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children who are 12 years old or younger to these premises.

Dine-In In Phase 4 Areas

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and not symptomatic.
    – premise owners MUST display a notice at the entrance stating that only fully-vaccinated customers who are asymptomatic are allowed in
    – only workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 12 years or younger to dine-in.

Markets

  • All markets, except night market and weekend market, are allowed to operate according to their licence or permit subject to the local authority (PBT) with SOP compliance and monitoring by RELA or PBT.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open according to their licensed time, subject to the full vaccination of all employees, complying with the SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Night market and weekend market are allowed to operate, subject to customers proving that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

Spa, Wellness Centre and Health Massage

  • Spa, wellness and massage parlours are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that both customers and operators are fully-vaccinated.
  • Employees and customers must be fully-vaccinated, not COVID-19 positive and not close contacts to positive cases, and not symptomatic.
  • Walk-in is not allowed. Only customers with prior appointments are allowed.
  • Employees must wear disposable gloves, face mask and face shield while at work.
  • Employees must replace their disposable gloves, liners for the bed or mattress or chair, and clean all equipment including face shield before attending to each customer.
  • The ventilation system must be maintained according to schedule.
  • MOTAC will monitor these conditions :
    – spa operators must declare how many employees are fully-vaccinated to MOTAC before they are allowed to operate
    – SOP Self-Compliance Program, especially ventilation within the premise.
    – MOTAC will monitor compliance by conducting periodical spot checks
    – COVID-19 screening test of symptomatic employees

Education In Phase 4 Areas

  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • Skills and industrial training sector, including vocational college, schools not under KPM, tahfiz centres, and other education institutes and all institutes of higher education must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • All face-to-face and group learning are allowed at institutes of higher education for students have been fully-vaccinated, subject to strict SOP. Hybrid learning will be implemented for on-campus students. Online learning will continue for students who have not returned to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Daycare and childcare facilities under the Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • The operators and employees of these kindergarten, childcare and care facilities must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Religion In Phase 4 Areas

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test before undertaking prayer activities in line with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation In Phase 4 Areas

  • All sports and recreational activities involving physical touch in outdoor areas are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals. New!
  • All sports and recreational activities (with or without physical touch, performed individually or in groups) in indoor areas are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals. New!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are allowed at 100% capacity, with operation hours subject to licence, but limited to fully-vaccinated individuals. Children under 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated can undertake activities under supervision of fully-vaccinated parents / guardians / coach / instructor. New!
  • Group sports and recreational activities (with or without physical touch) under supervision are limited to the area capacity, and must not exceed 1,000 people at any one time (whichever is lower). Children under 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated can undertake activities under supervision of fully-vaccinated parents / guardians / coach / instructor. New!
  • All competitions or championships of sports (with or without physical touch, whether local or International), must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office, and are limited to 1,000 participants at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 50% of capacity or 20,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals including their fully-vaccinated children. However, children below 12 years of age who are not fully-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter.
  • The entry of foreign athlete, coach, official, technical help to Malaysia are subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.
  • Individuals who are not fully-vaccinated or unvaccinated are restricted to individual sports and recreational activities that do not involve touch, with physical distance of at least 1-3 metres performed outdoors.

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including at fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 12 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Creative Industry + Entertainment

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered)
    – cinema activities
  • Everyone must comply with the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Tourism + Culture In Phase 4 Areas

  • Tourism and cultural activities are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to physical distancing and venue capacity.
    – tourism attractions like beach activities, water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, sports fishing, edutainment centre, recreational park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park, farm, aquarium, zoo and so on.
    – special interest activities like golfing, scuba diving, cycling, angling, yachting and so on.
    – ecotourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on.
    – art, culture and heritage premises like museum, library, art gallery, art and cultural village, cultural shows and so on.
    – theme park and family entertainment centre
    – academic premises like science centre, planetarium and Petrosains.
    – tourism and cultural events.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 12 years or younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate tourism is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas or any areas restricted by the government.
  • Licensed and registered hotel and homestay are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All other tourism and cultural activities, other than those specified in the Negative List, are allowed.

Cruise Ship

  • Cruise ships are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity, on the condition that all crew members and passengers are fully-vaccinated.
  • Pub and night club activities onboard are FORBIDDEN.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines.

Driving Lessons New!

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that employees, teachers and candidates are fully-vaccinated, with digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only fully-vaccinated employees who are not symptomatic can work.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 4 SOP.

  • Night club or pub activities
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia, except those involving International Tourism Bubble. Updated!
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championships, competitions, and matches without Sports Commission Office permission.
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs In Malaysia!

Here is the full list of PICKids PPVs across Malaysia, where you can bring your kids to walk-in for their free COVID-19 vaccination!

 

PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that from 1 March 2022 onwards, parents will be able to bring their children for COVID-19 vaccination at selected PICKids PPVs.

This will allow parents to vaccinate their children at their own convenience during the school holidays.

Those who prefer to book an appointment via MySejahtera can also do so, from 7 March 2022 onwards. Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Click here for our step-by-step guide.

Read more : How To Select PICKids PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

 

Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Ministry of Health unveiled the full list of PICKids vaccine PPVs in Malaysia that will accept parents who walk-in with their kids for the free COVID-19 vaccination.

I created this table so that you can search for the PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) closest to you.

Some of these PPVs also accept walk-in for adult booster dose, as well as PICKids child vaccinations.

State PPV Walk-In Allowed
Perlis Masjid Alwi Offsite PPV
Kubang Gajah Offsite PPV
Kampung Gial Offsite PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Kedah SP Plaza Offsite PPV
Kulim KK
Serdang KK
Bandar Baharu KK
Kuala Ketil PPV
Kuala Nerang KKIA
Pedu KK
Naka KK
Lubuk Merbau KK
PKD Sik Seminar Room
PKD Pendang Lobby
Ayer Hitam KK
Jitra Health Complex
Bukit Lada Community Centre
Simpang Empat KK
Kuala Kedah KK
Poliklinik Pertama, Kota Setar
Klinik Faisal, Kota Setar
Padang Matsirat KK Quarters
Guar Cempadak KK
PICKids Only
Penang Tapak Pesta (Fair Grounds)
Sunshine Bayan Baru
Seberang Jaya Expo Grounds
Sunshine Bertam
Bandar Cassia MPKK Hall
PICKids Only
Perak Seri Mercu Kuala Kangsar PPV
Marina Hall PPV, Manjung
Kampung Dato Kmaruddin Hall PPV
SK Taman Jana LMS PPV
Sri Iskandar KK
Kampung Gajah KK
Silveritage Ipoh PPV
Taman Mercu Multipurpose Hall PPV
Angsana Hall PPV
PICKids Only
Selangor IDCC
Soka Gakai PPV
PICKids Only
(2-15 March)
Tulip Hall PPV, Kampung Bukit Naga
Subang Parade Offsite PPV
Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
Mines 2 Convention Center PPV
Emporis Offsite PPV
Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
D’Network PPV
Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
Melur Hall PPV
Taman Bukit Mewah PPV
Ampang Mewah PPV
BMC Mall Offsite PPV
Zain Azrai PPV, Bukit Idaman
Dahlia Medical Group PPV, Taman Bidara
Dahlia Medical Group PPV, Taman Desa Bakti
LRT 3 Training Centre PPV
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Did Shebby Singh Die From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose?

Did former national footballer Shebby Singh die from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

Take a look at the new “viral” claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-01-16 : Added details of his post-mortem results..

Originally posted @ 2022-01-13

 

Claim : Shebby Singh Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!

Right after news spread of former Malaysian national footballer Shebby Singh’s death, out comes the claim that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Serbegeth Singh (Shebby) had his booster vaccine jab on 7th Jan. The next day he felt unwell but recovered in 2 days.

However on the 12th Jan he decidede [sic] to go cycling and suffered a heart attack while cyclrng [sic] and passed away. So guys after you receive your booster please do not exert yourselves for at least 10 days.

 

No Evidence Shebby Singh Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!

Whenever a celebrity dies, it is astounding how quickly people are claiming that his/her death is due to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Look at how people recently claimed that Betty White and Bob Saget both died from their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose!

Yet the evidence shows that neither celebrities died from the COVID-19 vaccines, and the claims were just anti-vaccination FAKE NEWS.

Here is what we know so far about Shebby Singh, and whether he died from the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Fact #1 : Shebby Singh Died From Heart Attack

Serbegeth Singh, popularly known as Shebby Singh, collapsed while cycling in Sunway Iskandar, in Iskandar Puteri in Johor Bahru, at around 7 PM on 12 January 2022.

According to Iskandar Puteri district police chief, Assistant Commissioner Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, Shebby was believed to have died from a heart attack.

This was later confirmed by his autopsy.

Fact #2 : Shebby Singh Autopsy Completed

On 13 January 2022, Serbegeth’s son, Sonuljit Singh stated that his father’s autopsy had been completed, after which his remains were taken to the Nirvana Memorial Centre at Jalan Skudai, for the public to pay their last respects.

His remains would later be taken to the Loke Yew Crematorium in Kuala Lumpur on 14 January 2022, where the public there can pay their respects from 3 PM to 4 PM.

Sonuljit Singh and relatives outside the Sultanah Aminah Hospital. Photo credit : Ben Tan, Malay Mail

Fact #3 : Autopsy Confirmed He Died From Heart Attack

On 16 January 2022, Sonuljit spoke up against the fake news claiming that his father died from the COVID-19 booster shot.

He said that the post mortem indicated that his father died from a heart attack due to existing blockage. He also said that his father had cardiac fibrosis and likely had a silent attack in the past.

“The doctors told us the cause of his death was 99 percent related to a heart attack as his post mortem showed three of his coronary arteries having blockages.

All his vital organs were in perfect working condition, and there were also no signs of any allergic reaction.

His heart was ready to go at any time, and it had nothing to do with the booster shot.”

Sonuljit also shared that his father, siblings and many relatives had a history of similar heart-related ailments.

Fact #4 : Side Effects Are Evidence Of Vaccines Working

Vaccines work by triggering our body’s immune system to identify the pathogen, and make antibodies against it.

Whenever we get vaccinated, we should expect to get some side effects – muscle ache, fever, etc. These side effects generally dissipate quickly, usually within 1-3 days.

That’s our body’s reaction to what it thinks is a real infection. It’s really no different than how our body would behave if we actually got infected.

So, it would not be surprising if Serbegeth felt unwell for 2 days after getting his COVID-19 vaccination.

Fact #5 : No Post-Vaccination Exercise Restriction

Health authorities generally advise against strenuous exercise after getting vaccinated, but there is no actual restriction on exercising after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The advice is generally meant to avoid accidents if people are exercising while having a headache or fever, and to avoid people conflating post-exercise pain or injury with the vaccine.

Only adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine need to avoid strenuous exercise and watch out for symptoms of myocarditis / pericarditis :

Even if we assume that he received the Pfizer booster dose, Serbegeth was 61 years old, and very, very unlikely to suffer from the rare adverse effect of myocarditis / pericarditis.

Fact #6 : Pericarditis / Myocarditis Is NOT Heart Attack

Now, we do not know if Serbegeth even received the Pfizer vaccine, but I have to point out that pericarditis and myocarditis are not the same thing as a heart attack (myocardial infarction).

Myocarditis / pericarditis is the INFLAMMATION of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or outer lining of the heart (pericarditis), causing chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding or fast-beating heart.

It is generally mild, and most will respond well to medicine and rest, and recover completely. They can usually return to normal daily activities once their symptoms improve / resolve.

Myocardial infarction is the IRREVERSIBLE DEATH of the heart muscle due to a PROLONGED LACK of oxygen supply. This is a medical emergency which will result in death if not treated quickly.

Individuals who survive a myocardial infarction will not recover completely, because you cannot restore the dead heart muscle.

Fact #7 : Pericarditis / Myocarditis Is Treatable

Again, we do NOT know if Serbegeth even received the Pfizer vaccine, but I have to point out that even if he did – it would not result in a heart attack.

Myocarditis and pericarditis from vaccines is “often mild, and cases usually resolve after a few days with treatment and rest“.

They also result in noticeable symptoms, so people generally seek treatment before anything serious happens :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

As an avid sportsman, Serbegeth would have noted those symptoms, and sought medical attention. It is doubtful that he would have gone cycling while experiencing such symptoms.

 

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Ranhill Selects Maxis As Voice + Cloud Provider!

Ranhill just selected Maxis as their voice and cloud connectivity provider!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Ranhill Selects Maxis To Boost Voice + Cloud Connectivity

On 12 January 2022, Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd (Ranhill) selected Maxis as their voice and cloud connectivity provider, leveraging their portfolio of converged solution capabilities.

Maxis will now connect 77 Ranhill sites across Johor, including their headquarters and water treatment plants through its Managed Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN).

Once implemented, the higher bandwidth and resilient network will allow Ranhill to have real-time visibility of their data, allowing them to make quicker and better decisions to increase productivity and efficiency of their 2,000 employees.

“We are pleased to be selected by Ranhill as their connectivity, voice and cloud solutions provider. Through our unique capabilities and experience, we are able to offer Ranhill a fully managed service portfolio from onboarding right up to 24/7 support with greater cost effectiveness and flexibility.  As their partner, we want to ensure that their connectivity needs are met so that they can operate efficiently and have the peace of mind of being well prepared for their digital transformation journey and to Always Be Ahead in a changing world, said Paul McManus, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Maxis.

“Selecting Maxis as our service provider and partner is an integral step to realising our vision of becoming a world-class water utility company. By connecting all our sites with the latest technology from Maxis, we will be better equipped to support the people of Johor through efficient management of quality water supply. We now have the necessary infrastructure and platform to unlock the benefits of digitalisation as part of our on-going effort to further enhance customer experience,” said Nor Ifuan Md Nor, Chief Executive Officer, Ranhill SAJ. 

Maxis will also address Ranhill’s voice communication needs, providing high quality voice services, which is particularly important in rural areas.

Maxis and Ranhill are also exploring future collaboration related to Internet of Things (IoT), cloud services and cybersecurity, as part of Ranhill’s next phase of digitalisation of their organisation.

 

Maxis Managed SD-WAN Services That Ranhill Will Use

The Maxis managed SD-WAN services that Ranhill will use, runs on Cisco Meraki technology, which simplifies operational tasks like configuration, management and maintenance through automation and intelligence.

Ranhill will have access to a converged connectivity solution that is flexible, scalable and cost-effective. On top of that, the built-in security in SD-WAN also enables end-to-end secure communications, and network-wide security policies.

 

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Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

The Ministry of Education just updated the school term schedule and holidays for Malaysia in 2022!

Here are the details…

 

2021/2022 Malaysia School Term Schedule

As detailed earlier, the year-end holiday will be shortened, and the 2021 academic year will be extended into February 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week due to floods.

Read more : Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 26 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 27 February until 27 March 2022
Group A Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 9 January 2022 24 February 2022 28
Term Holiday * 25 February 2022 20 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 25 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 26 February until 20 March 2022
Group B Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 10 January 2022 25 February 2022 29
Term Holiday 26 February 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

2022/2023 Malaysia School Term Schedule

Right after the 3-week term holidays, schools will continue with the 2022 academic year in March 2022.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 11 March 2023
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 2 June 2022 48
Term 1 Holiday 3 June 2022 11 June 2022 9
Term 2 12 June 2022 1 September 2022 57
Term 2 Holiday 2 September 2022 10 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 11 September 2022 8 December 2022 61
Term 3 Holiday 9 December 2022 31 December 2022 23
Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 February 2023 32
Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 11 March 2023 23

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 12 March 2023
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 3 June 2022 49
Term 1 Holiday 4 June 2022 12 June 2022 9
Term 2 13 June 2022 2 September 2022 58
Term 2 Holiday 3 September 2022 11 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 12 September 2022 9 December 2022 60
Term 3 Holiday 10 December 2022 31 December 2022 22
Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 February 2023 31
Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 12 March 2023 23

 

Extra Holidays For 2022 + 2023 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2022 and 2023 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 30 January to 2 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2 to 5 May 2022 2 extra days
Hari Deepavali 23 to 25 October 2022 2 extra days
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 31 January to 3 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 3 to 6 May 2022 2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
1 to 3 June 2022
1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
24 to 26 October
2 extra days
Only for Sarawak
24 October only
1 extra day
Chinese New Year 20 to 23 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the 2021/2022 school terms will be postponed 1 week after massive floods!

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

As detailed earlier, the 2021 school term in Malaysia will be extended into February 2022, while the 2022 school term in Malaysia will begin in March 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week.

They made this decision after many teachers, students and their families were affected by massive floods.

Note : KPM did not reveal when the 2021 school term will end, and whether they will maintain the 3-week term holiday in March 2022.

Read more : Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 3 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 4 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 16 January 2021.

Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 9 January 2022 3 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 4 March 2022 27 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 4 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 5 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 17 January 2021.

Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 10 January 2022 4 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 5 March 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

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Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

Malaysia has temporarily suspended the VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) with Singapore, due to the Omicron variant!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

Announced in November 2021, the Singapore – Malaysia VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) allows fully-vaccinated citizens of both countries to travel, without being subjected to a mandatory quarantine.

There are currently two VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) options between Singapore and Malaysia :

  • By Air : Between Changi Airport in Singapore, and KLIA in Malaysia
  • By Land : At the Johor Bahru Causeway.

Read more : Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!
Read more : Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

On 22 December 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin announced a temporary suspension of the Singapore – Malaysia VTL, due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

In his statement, he pointed out that the Singapore Ministry of Health announced a local cluster of three COVID-19 cases, of which two were likely of the Omicron variant, while the other case is still pending. All three cases did not have history of overseas travel.

In light of that development, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) decided to temporarily suspend the VTL with Singapore from Thursday, 23 December, 2021 until Thursday, 20 January 2022.

Travellers who have already purchased tickets for Land or Air VTL, and still comply with the VTL requirements can continue with their travel plans.

Bus and plane ticket sales for both Air and Land VTL initiatives will reopen on 21 January 2022, after a risk assessment is conducted in both countries. However, the ticket quota will be lower than the current limit.

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TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

After almost 2 years of delay, TNG RFID will finally be operational on the PLUS Highway from 15 January 2022 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

TNG RFID @ PLUS Highway : Originally Scheduled For April 2020!

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag that is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

The TNG RFID Tag is linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account, and whenever your vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing you to pass without stopping.

This system was originally meant to be implemented on the PLUS highway in April 2020, but was repeatedly delayed until now…

Read more : TNG RFID Self-Fitment Guide : How To Do It Yourself!

 

TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

On 16 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Works (KKR) announced that the TNG RFID system will be activated from 15 January 2022 onwards for Class 1 light vehicles from the Juru toll in Penang to the Skudai toll in Johor Bahru.

This is part of the Ministry’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) blueprint, which includes the Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) toll system.

With the RFID system enabled, motorists will be able to pass through RFID tolls at up to 30 km/h, with the convenience of automatic top-ups.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your RFID tag yet. PLUS highway tolls will still support Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAG. Support for these legacy payment methods will be gradually reduced to allow for more RFID lanes.

You can purchase the TNG RFID tags for RM 35 at these two official online stores :

Please buy only from the two official TNG RFID online stores above. We do NOT recommend buying from third-party stores, because they may not be authentic.

 

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Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!

There is now a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for land travel between Singapore and Malaysia at the Johor Causeway!

Here is what you need to know about the Singapore to Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane by land!

 

Singapore-Malaysia VTL By Land Kicked Off!

After almost 2 years of border closures, Singapore and Malaysia agreed to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on 8 November 2021.

At first, this was only by air – between Changi Airport and KLIA, but that was expanded to include the Johor Causeway as well!

From 29 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to travel between Changi Airport and KLIA, and across the Johor Causeway.

Travellers using these Vaccinated Travel Lanes will NOT be required to serve any quarantine or Stay-Home-Notice. They will only be required to take COVID-19 tests!

However, I should point out that this VTL scheme is NOT cheap, as you will need to undergo several COVID-19 tests.

Read more : Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!

 

VTL Land Travel Guide : Singapore To Malaysia

On 29 November 2021, the Immigration Department of Malaysia released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for people travelling from Singapore to Malaysia by land.

We have summarised the key details below, but please make sure you check with the Immigration Department in case they make last minute changes. Please also read their FAQ.

Who Qualifies?

  • Malaysia and Singapore citizens
  • Malaysia and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Malaysia and Singapore Long-Term Pass holders
  • Travellers must remain in either one country for at least 14 consecutive days before departure.
  • Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with the full regimen of COVID-19 vaccine recognised by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM), at least two weeks before arrival in Malaysia.
  • Unvaccinated children below 12 years old MUST be accompanied by vaccinated adults.
  • Travellers must have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore

Pre-Departure

  • Travellers must register at www.mysafetravel.gov.my.
  • Travellers must use only VTL-Land designated buses that will operate from 9:30 AM until 7:30 PM.
  • VTL-Land bus tickets can be purchased via :
    Causeway Link
    Transtar
  • Travellers must take a professionally-administered antigen rapid test (ART/RTK) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 2 days (48 hours) prior to departure date.
  • Travellers must print their COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore
  • Travellers must download and register the MySejahtera app

Departure

  • Travellers must check-in for their bus rides at least 1-2 hours ahead of departure time.
  • These are the official boarding and disembarkation points :
    – Queen Street Terminal (Singapore)
    – Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (Singapore)
    – Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor)
  • Travellers will need to present these documents at check-in :
    a) Passport
    b) Proof of VTL-Land Registration

    c) Valid vaccination certificate
    d) Negative RTK / ART / RT-PCR test results
    e) Bus Ticket
    f) Singaporeans : submit electronic Health Declaration Card (eHDC), and upload your vaccination certificate QR code if you were vaccinated overseas.
  • Up to 45 people can travel in a VTL-Land designated bus.
  • Passengers must wear a face mask throughout the entire journey, and must maintain physical distance.
  • Every VTL-Land designated bus must be sanitised prior to departure, and after arrival.

On Arrival

  • Take the on-arrival COVID-19 test at the Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal.
  • Present all documentation at the Malaysian immigration for clearance.
  • Check your status on the MySejahtera app.
  • From 7 December 2021 onwards :
    a) RTK-Ag tests (self-administered) on Day 2, 4 and 6 after arrival.
    b) RTK-Ag tests (professionally-administered) on Day 3 and 5 after arrival.

Stay In Malaysia

  • Travellers must adhere to the current public health measures
  • Travellers must activate MySejahtera app at all times.

 

VTL Land Travel Guide : Malaysia To Singapore

The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) released details of the Vaccinated Travel Lane rules for land travel to Malaysia. This is NOT the same as the rules for air travel.

We have summarised the key details below, but please make sure you check with the ICA in case they make last minute changes.

Who Qualifies?

  • Singapore citizens
  • Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Singapore Long-Term Pass holders
  • Travellers must be fully-vaccinated with a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, at least two weeks before arrival in Malaysia.
  • Unvaccinated travellers who are 12 years and below in the calendar year can travel to Singapore via the VTL if accompanied by a fully-vaccinated VTL traveller.
  • Travellers must have a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore
  • Travellers must remain in either one country or any other VTL country recognised by Singapore for at least 14 consecutive days before departure.

Pre-Departure

  • Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents do NOT need to apply for a VTP-Land pass.
  • Singapore Long-Term Pass Holders MUST apply for a VTP-Land pass, but accompanying children aged 12 and below do NOT need to apply.
    – the VTP-Land pass is valid for up to 14 calendar days from your chosen date of entry. If you do not plan to travel during this period, you can apply for a VTP later.
  • Travellers must use only VTL-Land designated buses that will operate from 7:30 AM until 6:45 PM.
  • VTL-Land bus tickets can be purchased via :
    Causeway Link
    Transtar
  • Travellers must take a professionally-administered antigen rapid test (ART/RTK) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 2 days (48 hours) prior to departure date.
  • Travellers must prepare their COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR Code
    – via MySejahtera if vaccinated in Malaysia
    – via Notarise portal, HealthHub, TraceTogether if vaccinated in Singapore
  • Travellers must ensure that they have sufficient insurance coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment and hospitalisation costs (minimum coverage of SGD30,000)
  • Travellers must download and register the Trace Together app.
  • Travellers should complete the SG Arrival Card up to 72 hours before arrival to avoid delays.

Departure

  • Travellers must check-in for their bus rides at least 1-2 hours ahead of departure time.
  • These are the official boarding and disembarkation points :
    – Queen Street Terminal (Singapore)
    – Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange (Singapore)
    – Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Johor)
  • Travellers will need to present these documents at check-in :
    a) Passport
    b) Valid vaccination certificate
    c) Negative RTK / ART / RT-PCR test results
    d) Bus Ticket
    e) Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
    f) Long-Term Pass Holders only : Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)
    f) Malaysians : submit SG Arrival Card (SGAC) under Foreign Visitors.
  • Up to 45 people can travel in a VTL-Land designated bus.
  • Passengers must wear a face mask throughout the entire journey, and must maintain physical distance.
  • Every VTL-Land designated bus must be sanitised prior to departure, and after arrival.

On Arrival

  • Take the on-arrival COVID-19 test (according to ICA – see Section 3)
  • Present all documentation at the Singapore immigration for clearance.

 

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Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

A new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) could soon be opened between Singapore and Malaysia across the Johor Causeway!

 

Singapore + Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

On 8 November 2021, Singapore and Malaysia agreed to launch a Vaccinated Travel Lane that would kick off on 29 November 2021.

The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme allows fully-vaccinated travellers avoid the mandatory quarantine on arrival in Singapore or Malaysia.

However, this VTL is currently limited to specific VTL flights between Changi Airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Read more : Singapore-Malaysia Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) Guide!

 

Singapore + Malaysia VTL Dry Run @ Johor Causeway!

The good news is that it looks like Singapore and Malaysia are close to launching a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme for the Johor Causeway as well.

On 23 November 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, released three photos showing Singapore and Malaysia officials conducting a dry run for a proposed Vaccinated Travel Lane through the Johor Causeway.

Such a VTL programme across the Johor Causeway would be highly beneficial, as travel costs are much lower.

This could finally allow many families in both countries to be reunited, and the restoration of economic and social ties between Singapore and Malaysia.

 

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PPN Phase + SOP Changes On 22 October 2021!

Malaysia just announced a slew of PPN Phase + SOP changes on 22 October 2021!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PPN Phase Changes On 22 October 2021!

On 22 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 25 October 2021.

 

PPN SOP Changes On 22 October 2021!

The Prime Minister also announced additional SOP changes for the National Recovery Plan, which will start on different dates.

  1. Fully-vaccinated adolescents (12 to 17 years old) will enjoy the same privileges as fully-vaccinated adults in 3 weeks.

    This will not take immediate effect but three weeks later – in mid-November, to ensure that about 80% of adolescents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

  2. The Langkawi Island Pilot Project for International Tourism Bubble (Inbound) has been approved for 3 months, starting on 15 November 2021.This pilot tourism project allows these selected individuals to enter Langkawi Island without quarantine :
    a) high yield tourists
    b) fully-vaccinated individuals
    c) children below 18 years old who are travelling with their fully-vaccinated parents or guardians
    d) a selected list of countries approved by the Immigration Department, Health Ministry and Foreign Ministry.

    These tourists must agree to these conditions :a) stay for a minimum of 3 days in Langkawi Island
    b) undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure
    c) purchase insurance coverage of at least US$80,000
    d) must use the services of a MOTAC licensed tour operator
    e) must fill and sign a Health Declaration Form LoU and Indemnity
    f) must install the MySejahtera app, and register an account before departure

    More details : Langkawi International Tourism Bubble : SOP + Rules!

  3. Foreign workers can now be brought in for the plantation sector, subject to a 7-day quarantine, and these conditions :
    a) must be fully-vaccinated in the country of origin (certified by WHO)
    b) undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure
    c) enter through KLIA 1 or KLIA 2, except for Thai workers travelling through Bukit Kayu Hitam, Wang Kelian, Betong and Rantau Panjang
    d) undergo a 7-day quarantine in a quarantine centre
    e) undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 2 and Day 5 of the quarantine

    Foreign workers for other sectors will be decided later by the Minister of Domestic Affairs and the Minister of Human Resources.

 

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National Recovery Plan Changes On 22 September 2021!

The Malaysian government just announced several BIG CHANGES to the National Recovery Plan on 22 September 2021.

Here is what you need to know!

 

National Recovery Plan : Phase Upgrades!

On 22 September 2021, the Malaysian government announced that these 3 states will be upgraded to the next National Recovery Plan phase, starting Friday, 24 September 2021 :

  • Negeri Sembilan : from Phase 3 to Phase 4
  • Pahang : from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Johor : from Phase 1 to Phase 2

 

National Recovery Plan : SOP Changes!

The Malaysian government also announced these changes to the SOP :

  1. Grocer, mini-market, restaurant, petrol station and convenience store can open from 6 AM until 12 AM, starting 23 September 2021.
  2. Tourism centres, islands and tourism areas will be allowed to open, and interstate travel * will be allowed, on the condition that 90% of adult vaccination is achieved based on KKM’s data and analysis.
  3. Spa, wellness centre, and massage parlour will be allowed to open, for both customers and operators who are fully-vaccinated, starting 1 October 2021!
  4. Tourism centre, premise and product like zoo, plantation, aquarium, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle park are ALLOWED to open in all PPN phases, starting 1 October, but restricted to operators and customers who are fully-vaccinated.
  5. All permitted businesses can operate at 100% capacity, on the condition that the employer and all employees are fully-vaccinated.
  6. Foreigners who arrive at international gateways must pay for the cost of RT-PCR tests, which will remain free for Malaysian citizens.

* As of 21 September 2021, the Klang Valley, Labuan and Negeri Sembilan have achieved 90% of adult vaccination, but this is based on the last census.

 

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Netizen Power : Deputy Speaker Admits To Durian Party!

Netizens won again – their crowdsourced fact-checking confirmed that the Batu Pahat durian party did indeed happen a few days ago!

Take a look at how they debunked the Deputy Speaker’s claims, and forced him to admit that the durian party really happened!

 

Batu Pahat Durian Party : What’s Going On?

Batu Pahat MP Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who is also the Deputy Speaker, was seen in a video clip enjoying a durian party with a large group of people, without face masks or social distancing.

Malaysians were naturally outraged by the video, which obviously contravened the MCO 3.0 SOP.

When asked about it, Mohd Rashid claimed that the video was from 2020, before the Movement Control Order was initiated.

On 30 June 2021, the Deputy Speaker “gave up”, admitted that the video was new, and apologised for what he labelled as confusion over what transpired.

“I apologise for the confusion that arose when media contacted me to ask about the video at a farm and I replied without first watching the video.”

“After my audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday, only then I had the time to analyse the video involving me.”

“It so happened at the time there was a working visit by minister Zuraida Kamaruddin to Batu Pahat. We gifted durians to the minister’s entourage to take home.”

“When I arrived at the farm, the durian farm owner served us (durians). I had a little bit while discussing with the farm owner on the measures of help that can be channelled.”

He apologised again for his oversight, and said that he would cooperate with the police, who said that they will investigate the matter.

 

How Netizens Proved Batu Pahat Durian Party Happened In June 2021!

When Mohd Rashid first said that the video was old, Malaysian netizens did not take his explanation very well.

They immediately set out to fact check his claim that the video happened in 2020.

Mohd Rashi was photographed with Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin at the Batu Pahat City Council on 27 June 2021.

The same people were later seen in the video enjoying the durian party at a farm in Batu Pahat.

In the picture on the left, this netizen shared how the Liverpool jersey worn by this man had the Nike brand and EPL gold patch, and could only be from the 2020/21 season.

In the picture on the right, this netizen shared how one lady in the video was wearing a Fareha headscarf called Reyna, that was only released this year.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Round 2 : How To Register For It!

Find out how to register for Round 2 of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 opt-in vaccination programme!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Round 2 : Why Register Again?

After undue fears over the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Malaysian government removed it from the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination programme.

It is now an optional vaccination programme on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first batch of 268,800 AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by SK Bioscience was available to volunteers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

The second round with approximately a million AstraZeneca vaccine doses, also from SK Bioscience, is now open to more states :

  • Klang Valley : SelangorKuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • Penang,
  • Johor, and
  • Kuching and Miri in Sarawak

There will be two stages :

  • Seniors (60 years and above) : 23 May 2021 onwards
  • Others (below 60 years of age) : TBA (after 26 May 2021)

You can register for the AstraZeneca vaccine programme round 2 at www.vaksincovid.gov.my starting at 12 PM on 23 May 2021 (Sunday).

But please note that you must first be registered for the main vaccination programme to qualify!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Round 2 : How To Register For It!

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to successfully register for the AstraZeneca vaccine in Malaysia.

  1. Go to the Vaksin COVID-19 website at www.vaksincovid.gov.my.
  2. Click on the APPLY NOW! button in the AstraZeneca Vaccine Booking section.
    Or use these direct links – BM | English | Chinese | Tamil

  1. When the AstraZeneca Vaccine Booking page loads, make sure you can click on your state (at the bottom of the screen) to display a list of PPV (vaccination centres) and dates.
    Otherwise, keep refreshing until you see the list of locations and dates, before proceeding to Step 3.
  2. Select the Identification Type – NRIC (MyKad) or Passport / Others.
  3. Key in your NRIC / passport number, and key it in again to confirm it.
  4. Key in your date of birth. If you are registering using your MyKad, this should be automatically filled.
  5. Key in your MySJ ID – this is basically your mobile number with 6 in front (e.g. 60123456789) or your email address.
  6. Key in your phone number, and key it in again to confirm it.
  7. Select your state to display the available vaccination centre locations and dates. You can only choose ONE location and ONE date.
    If there are no slots left, you can still register yourself, to be included in the waiting list.

  1. Tick the I’m not a robot check box.
  2. Tap the Submit button, and a window will pop up, asking you to verify your details.
  3. Verify the details in that pop-up window and tap Submit.
  4. You should now see this congratulatory message.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Round 2 : What Vaccination Centres + Dates?

Round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme is open for seniors age 60 years and above, with vaccination dates from 7 June until 27 July 2021.

It is available at these special vaccination centres in these states and territories :

Johor

  • Persada Johor International Convention Centre (PJICC)

Penang

  • Spice Arena Covention Centre, Bayan Baru (SPICE)

Sarawak

  • Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)
  • Institut Kemahiran Belia Negera Miri (IKBNM)

Selangor

  • Dewan Gemilang, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Ideal Convention Center, Shah Alam (IDCC)

Kuala Lumpur

  • World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)
  • Dewan 1, Bangunan Peperiksaan, Universiti Malaya (UM)

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Get Ready To Register!

Here are the details of Round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme.

Get ready to register for your FREE AstraZeneca vaccination against COVID-19!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 : Get Ready To Register!

On 17 May 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that round 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme will kick off on 23 May 2021.

On 21 May 2021, he then announced that registration for the AstraZeneca Opt-in Round 2 will start at 12 PM on Sunday, 23 May 2021.

This second round will only be available to people 60 years or older in :

  • Klang Valley : SelangorKuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • Penang,
  • Johor, and
  • Kuching and Miri in Sarawak

However, those who were on the waiting list of Round 1 will still get appointments in Round 2.

The government will also send AstraZeneca vaccine doses to elderly care homes.

You will be able to book via the VaksinCOVID website, like the first round, as well as at community clinics.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Opt-In Round 2 For Below 60 Years Old

Don’t worry if you are below 60 years of age. The government will allow you to register for Round 2 of the AstraZeneca Opt-In Programme after 26 May 2021.

They earlier announced that Malaysia will receive ONE MILLION DOSES this month through COVAX, so sign up when you get the chance!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?

Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

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Fact Check : New Deadly African COVID-19 Variant?

A voice message on a new deadly (South) African COVID-19 variant in Malaysia has gone viral on WhatsApp.

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

 

Fact Check : New Deadly African COVID-19 Variant?

A voice message on the (South) African variant of the COVID-19 virus in Malaysia has gone viral on WhatsApp.

The person speaking in Bahasa Malaysia claims that his family has 17 doctors, and this was an update from his doctor friends at the Rotary Club.

You can listen to it below, or read our English summary right below.

https://www.techarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Malaysia-South-Africa-COVID-19-variant-fact-check.mp3?_=1

According to his friends and relatives who are doctors, there are no beds available for those aged 70 years and above in Kuala Lumpur, and 48 to 60 people are dying every day.

He warned that this (South) African COVID-19 variant cannot be detected by any test, and strikes the lungs directly.

Its victims die in a day before reaching the hospital, feeling normal in the day but succumbing at night, without even a fever.

He said there are many cases of this new African COVID-19 variant in Kuala Lumpur, affecting people in their 30s and 40s. Even children of 6-7 years of age have died from it in KL.

He reminded everyone that the DG Health of Malaysia, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, warned that there will be 10,000 cases per day in Kuala Lumpur by the end of this week, or next week.

And there’s no way to stop that. These days, 40 to 60 people are dying every day in Kuala Lumpur. Soon, it will be hundreds of dead every day.

He also said that this is not just happening in KL, but also in Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, etc. And he warns that the hospitals will not accept those who are infected.

He pointed out India as an example, saying that dead bodies are lined up on the roadside. At the Delhi Airport, there are hundreds of bodies lined up on its road.

 

New Deadly African COVID-19 Variant In Malaysia? Not Quite

This voice message is yet more FAKE NEWS shared on WhatsApp… which should really be called the Fake News Network (FNN).

Any person who has to tell you how many doctors he has in his family obviously should not be trusted.

Even though he was trying to scare people into complying with common-sense COVID-19 precautions, we still need to clarify the facts, which are…

Fact #1 : The South African Variant Isn’t New

The man is possibly referring to the South African COVID-19 variant known as B.1.351., which isn’t really new.

It was first reported in South Africa in October 2020, and detected in Malaysia in March 2021 with four cases in Selangor.

Fact #2 : South African Variant Not As Deadly As UK Variant

Both the UK and South African variants are about 50% more infectious, but only the UK variant appears to be more deadly than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to the CDC, says there appears to be increased severity with the UK variant (B.1.1.7), but not with the South African variant (B.1.351).

On the other hand, the South African variant is more resistant to antiviral and antibody treatments.

It is true that the DG of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said that VOCs (Variants of Concern) were spreading rapidly and linked to high fatality rates.

However, he was speaking in general about VOCs, of which three have been detected in Malaysia – B.1.351 (South Africa), B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.617.1 (India).

Fact #3 : No Hospital Has Turned Away COVID-19 Patients Yet

As far as we can determine, no public hospital in Malaysia has turned away any COVID-19 patients, not even if they are 70 years or older.

There is no need to, as not all COVID-19 patients need to be hospitalised. Most of them end up in low-risk COVID-19 quarantine centres at places like MAEPS.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 situation in the Klang Valley is dire, with 79% of ICU beds in this area allocated to COVID-19 patients.

Fortunately, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on 19 May 2021 that they were able to increase the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients by repurposing normal wards.

Of course, this is not an ideal situation, but it allows the Health Ministry to avoid turning away patients with severe COVID-19.

Fact #4 : Highest Daily Death Toll In Malaysia Was 47

The claim that 48 to 60 people are dying every day in Kuala Lumpur is ludicrous, and FALSE.

The highest daily death toll in the entire country was 47 deaths on 18 May 2021.

Fact #5 : No Children Died In May 2021

The claim that children of 6-7 years old have died from this (South) African variant in KL recently is also FALSE.

The youngest person to die in May 2021 was a 17 year-old youth, who had leukaemia and passed away in Johor on 19 May 2021.

And the youngest person to die in 2021 was a 9 year-old boy, who passed away in Sabah in February 2021.

No 6- or 7-year old child ever died in Malaysia from COVID-19 to date.

Inside a COVID-19 ICU. Photo Credit : China Daily Cdic / Reuters

Fact #6 : DG Health Never Said KL Would Hit 10,000 Cases By Next Week

The DG Health of Malaysia, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, did mention the possibility that Malaysia may hit 10,000 daily cases, or even 20,000 cases a day.

However, it was always in the context of the ENTIRE COUNTRY. He certainly never said that Kuala Lumpur would hit 10,000 cases by the end of this week, or next week.

Fact #7 : No Evidence Of Dead Bodies Lining Road At Delhi Airport

It is true that many people are dying in India, but we simply cannot find evidence of hundreds of dead bodies lining the road at Delhi Airport.

Rather, hundreds of unclaimed bodies of COVID-19 victims were found floating in the Ganges river. And bodies are piled up at crematoriums and make-shift cremation grounds.

Why would anyone place dead bodies at the Delhi Airport road???

Fact #8 : Ministry Of Health Called It Fake

The Malaysia Ministry of Health naturally labelled the audio as FAKE NEWS.

They also warned that those sharing the fake audio message could be prosecuted for sharing fake news.

So please stop sharing the audio message. Share this fact check with your family and friends instead!

 

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Kluang In Johor Under MCO 3.0 Restrictions Too!

MKN just declared that the district of Kluang in Johor will also come under MCO 3.0 restrictions!

Here are the latest details!

 

Kluang In Johor Under MCO 3.0 Restrictions Too!

On 9 May 2021, MKN announced that the Kluang district in Johor will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures from 11 May 2021 until 24 May 2021.

This decision was made after the Kluang district recorded 512 cases of COVID-19 out of 3,867 screening tests conducted by the Ministry of Health (KKM) from 4 May until 8 May 2021.

KKM also reported that there are four active COVID-19 clusters in Kluang, and that the district had a positivity rate of 13%, with increased incidences in various villages and housing estates.

Inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for these areas under MCO, except for emergencies or work purposes.

For those who need to apply to travel for emergencies, you need police permission. Please apply using this form.

Those travelling for work can use their employee’s pass, or employer’s letter to confirm that they need to travel for work.

 

MCO Restrictions For Kluang

The same MCO restrictions announced earlier for other areas in Johor would also apply to Kluang, like :

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies and work purposes.
  • Travel because of emergencies require police permission.
  • Travel for work requires worker’s pass or employer’s letter.
  • Schools are allowed to open, subject to risk analysis by the State Health Department.
  • Food premises, food trucks and food kiosks are only allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food can only be purchased to takeaway, through drive-through or delivered. NO DINE IN ALLOWED!
  • Grocers, convenience shops and pharmacies are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except on highways where they can operate 24 hours.
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical labs can operate as usual.
  • Daily markets, weekly markets, farmer’s market are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate with strict SOP. It is up to the state to close them in MCO areas.
  • Economic activities are allowed in all MCO areas, with strict SOP.
  • Social activities are FORBIDDEN in all MCO areas – feasts, parties, weddings, receptions, anniversaries, etc.
  • Personal recreation – exercise and sports – is allowed, as long as there is no physical contact, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Spa, night club, pub activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaokes and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Places IDed By HIDE COVID-19 System To Close For 3 Days!

Malaysia has ordered that all places identified by the new HIDE COVID-19 analytics system must close for three days!

Here are the latest details!

 

HIDE COVID-19 System : What Is It?

The HIDE (Hotspot Identification For Dynamic Engagement) System uses Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict potential COVID-19 hotspots over a 7-day horizon.

To be clear, the list of places flagged by the HIDE system are NOT actual COVID-19 cluster locations.

Instead, they are the places that the HIDE system predicts COULD soon become COVID-19 cluster locations.

The HIDE system leverages MySejahtera check-ins, and other existing healthcare databases to make these predictions.

 

HIDE COVID-19 System : What Is It For?

By predicting potential COVID-19 hotpots, the HIDE system basically alerts businesses to either shut down, or quickly take precautions.

Now, premises flagged by the system do NOT need to shut down, unless required by enforcement authorities.

Instead, they are only advised to quickly undertake pre-emptive measures like :

  • Enhance gatekeeping (checking the risk status of MySejahtera check-ins, and deny individuals with ‘high risk’ status from entering);
  • Screen their workers for COVID-19, be it with RTK-Ag or RT-PCR tests; and
  • Enhance crowd control measures, especially areas with tight spaces, or that are prone to overcrowding.

By taking those measures, the risk of becoming a COVID-19 hotspot can be quickly lowered, and these premises will be taken off the HIDE list.

 

Places IDed By HIDE COVID-19 System To Close For 3 Days!

On 8 May 2021, Malaysia Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob announced that all places identified by the new HIDE COVID-19 system must immediately close for three days, from 9 May until 11 May 2021!

Here is the full list of places flagged by the HIDE system as potential COVID-19 hotspots over the next 7 days.

Kuala Lumpur

  • 1 MONT KIARA SHOPPING MALL
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1371 JLN BANGSAR
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1605 TMN SRI BINTANG
  • 99 SPEEDMART, TAMAN WANGSA UKAY
  • AEON ALPHA ANGLE SHOPPING CENTRE
  • AEON BIG DANAU KOTA
  • AEON BIG KEPONG
  • AEON BIG WANGSA MAJU
  • AEON MALL CHERAS SELATAN
  • AEON MAXVALU PRIME SUNWAY VELOCITY
  • AEON MAXVALU PRIME THE SPHERE, BANGSAR SOUTH
  • AEON MID VALLEY
  • BANGSAR SHOPPING CENTRE
  • BANGSAR VILLAGE 2
  • BANGUNAN CAHAYA SURIA
  • BAZAR AIDILFITRI LORONG TUANKU ABDUL RAHMAN
  • BAZARIA WANGSA MAJU
  • BENS INDEPENDENT GROCER, PUBLIKA
  • ENDAH PARADE SHOPPING COMPLEX
  • FAHRENHEIT88 MALL
  • FOOD REPUBLIC PAVILION KL
  • GUARDIAN KLCC
  • HONG LEONG BANK BERHAD HQ
  • INTERMARK MALL
  • JAKEL MALL KUALA LUMPUR
  • STESEN KTMB KL SENTRAL
  • KL EAST MALL
  • KL ECO CITY MALL
  • KNL MARKET SDN BHD 1ST FLOOR
  • PODIUM BLOCK (FABER TOWERS)
  • KOMPLEKS PERNIAGAAN & KOMUNITI BANDAR BARU SENTUL
  • LOTUS’S CHERAS
  • LOTUS’S KEPONG
  • LRT KLCC
  • LRT MASJID JAMEK
  • MASJID JAMEK KAMPONG BARU
  • MASJID SAIDINA ABU BAKAR AS SIDDIQ, BANGSAR
  • MAYBANK MID VALLEY CITY BRANCH
  • MELAWATI MALL
  • MENARA BUMIPUTRA COMMERCE
  • MID VALLEY MEGAMALL
  • MYTOWN SHOPPING CENTRE
  • BREM MALL
  • NSK TRADE CITY PEEL ROAD
  • NU SENTRAL SHOPPING CENTRE
  • PARKSON ELITE PAVILION LEVEL 3
  • PASAR BORONG KUALA LUMPUR
  • PAVILION ELITE MALL
  • PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR
  • PASAR PAGI JINJANG UTARA
  • PLAZA LOW YAT
  • PUBLIKA SHOPPING GALLERY
  • SELAYANG MALL
  • SETAPAK CENTRAL
  • KOMPLEKS SOGO 190 JALAN TAR
  • STESEN SENTRAL KUALA LUMPUR
  • SUNGEI WANG PLAZA
  • SUNWAY VELOCITY MALL
  • SUPER SEVEN TRADE CENTER
  • SURIA KLCC
  • TAMAN METROPOLITAN KEPONG
  • TAPAK PENJAJA PASAR PUDU
  • UNITED POINT COMMERCIAL
  • VIVA VENTURE
  • VG DESA PARK ARKADIA
  • WISMA COSWAY
  • ZON 2 SUAKASIH

Selangor

  • 1 UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 2460 TMN SRI MEWAH
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 2447 SUNSURIA FORUM
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1672 TMN BINTANG MAS
  • 99 SPEEDMART, 1248 TMN DESA BAKTI
  • AEON BANDAR UTAMA
  • AEON BIG KLANG
  • AEON BIG TUN HUSSEIN ONN
  • AEON MALL RAWANG
  • AEON MALL TAMAN EQUINE
  • BAZAAR RAMADAN TAMAN PELANGI, SEMENYIH
  • BILLION SHOPPING CENTRE B B BANGI SDN BHD
  • CENTRAL I-CITY MALL
  • CHECKERS HYPERMARKET
  • CREWROOM SRI RAMPAI
  • THE STARLING, DAMANSARA UPTOWN
  • DATARAN PUCHONG PERMAI, PUCHONG
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET BANDAR KINRARA
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET BANTING
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET KLANG
  • GM KLANG WHOLESALE CITY
  • KOLEJ MATRIKULASI SELANGOR
  • LAMAN NIAGA KOMUNITI BANDAR BARU BANGI
  • LOTUS’S BANDAR BUKIT PUCHONG
  • LOTUS’S KLANG
  • LOTUS’S KUALA SELANGOR
  • LOTUS’S MUTIARA
  • LOTUS’S PUCHONG
  • LOTUS’S PUNCAK ALAM
  • LOTUS’S SELAYANG
  • LOTUS’S SEMENYIH
  • LOTUS’S SETIA ALAM
  • MAHA USAHA
  • MAIN PLACE MALL
  • KIPMALL KOTA WARISAN
  • MATAHARI MALL
  • MYDIN MART SEKSYEN 18 SHAH
  • ALAM MSA
  • NSK TRADE CITY SELAYANG
  • P.PENGILANG RAWANG CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL PARK
  • PADINI CONCEPT STORE SUNWAY PYRAMID
  • PANASONIC MANUFACTURING MALAYSIA BERHAD(SA2)
  • PARADIGM MALL PETALING JAYA
  • PARKSON ELITE 1 UTAMA
  • PASAR MODEN MBSJ SS15 PASAR PAGI
  • PASAR RAMADAN TAMAN PUTRA PERDANA
  • PROTON CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, SUBANG JAYA
  • PLAZA SHAH ALAM
  • RESTORAN JEJANTAS SG BULOH, ARAH SELATAN
  • SUBANG PARADE
  • SUNWAY PYRAMID
  • THE CURVE
  • THE MINES SHOPPING MALL
  • JAYA GROCER BUKIT JELUTONG
  • TROPICANA GARDENS MALL

Putrajaya

  • IOI CITY MALL]
  • LOTUS’S IOI CITY
  • BAZAR RAMADAN

Penang

  • QUEENSBAY MALL
  • GURNEY PARAGON MALL
  • LOTUS’S PENANG
  • AEON QUEENSBAY
  • TOSHIBA TEC MALAYSIA MANUFACTURING SDN BHD

Perak

  • ANW IPOH PARADE
  • DEWAN SERBAGUNA KAMPUNG BALUN SLIM RIVER
  • MYDIN PARIT BUNTAR PERAK PBH

Johor

  • AEON MALL BUKIT INDAH
  • ECONSAVE YONG PENG
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET PLENTON
  • GIANT HYPERMARKET TAMPOI
  • JOHOR BAHRU CITY SQUARE MALL
  • JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLETS
  • KSL CITY
  • PASARAYA PANDAN
  • THE MALL MID VALLEY SOUTHKEY

Melaka

  • AEON MALL BANDARAYA MELAKA

Negeri Sembilan

  • GIANT SUPERSTORE NILAI

Kelantan

  • KB MALL
  • LOTUS’S KOTA BHARU
  • LOTUS’S MERGONG

Sabah

  • CENTRE POINT SHOPPING MALL
  • SURIA SHOPPING MALL
  • KOMPLEKS KARAMUNSING

Sarawak

  • PLAZA MERDEKA SHOPPING CENTRE
  • THE SPRING BINTULU
  • THE SUMMER SHOPPING MALL
  • VIVACITY MEGAMALL KUCHING

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Now Golf Is Banned Again!

Yet another MCO 3.0 U turn – within 24 hours, golf was allowed and then banned again!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Now Golf Is Banned Again!

On 6 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that all sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas, without their expressed permission.

This rule was to kick off today – 7 May 2021, but after being roundly criticised for decision, they walked back their decision halfway.

At 9:15 PM on 7 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) agreed to loosen the earlier restrictions on sports and exercise in MCO 3.0 areas.

While their statement did not explicitly mention golf, the Malaysian Golf Association confirmed with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) that golfing activities are permitted to resume on 8 May 2021.

However, on 8 May 2021, the same Ministry of Youth and Sports directed that golfing activities in all MCO districts be suspended from 9 May 2021 until further notice.

Even though players are not allowed on the green, routine golf maintenance activities may be undertaken, provided that at any one time, no more than 30% of the total course and maintenance staff are present.

 

MCO 3.0 : What Areas Does The Golf Ban Apply?

The newly-reinstated golf ban applies to ALL areas under MCO restrictions :

Selangor6 May 2021 until 17 May 2021

  • Hulu Langat : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  • Petaling
    – 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
  • Gombak : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Ulu Kelang
  • Klang : Klang, Kapar
  • Kuala Langat : Bandar, Batu, Jugra, Kelanang, Morib, Tanjung 12, Teluk Panglima Garang
  • Sepang : Sepang town, Dengkil, Labu

Kuala Lumpur7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • All areas

Johor7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Johor Bahru : Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tanjung Kupang, Tebrau, Bandar Johor Bahru
  • Kulai : Bukit Batu, Kulai Town, Sedenak, Senai
  • Kota Tinggi : Johor Lama, Kambau, Kota Tinggi Town, Pantai Timur, Pengerang, Sedili Besar, Sedili Kechil, Tanjung Surat, Ulu Sungai Johor, Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar

Perak7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Taiping
  • Larut, Matang and Selama : Batu Kurau, Bukit Gantang, Matang, Sungai Tinggi, Trong

Terengganu7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Besut district : Kampung Raja, Lubuk Kawah, Pelagat, Tenang, Keluang, Bukit Kenak, Kubang Bemban, Jabi, Kerandang, Pengkalan Nangka, Pasir Akar, Tembila, Bukit Puteri, Kuala Besut

Penang10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • North East Penang Island : George Town, Paya Terubong, Bukit Paya Terubong, Bukit Ayer Itam, Ayer Itam, Batu Feringghi, Tanjung Tokong
  • Central Prai : Seberang Jaya, Sama Gagah, Permatang Pasir, Permatang Pauh, Kubang Semang, Taman Paus,  Bandar Perda, Tanah Liat, Berapit, Jalan Betek, Bukit Tengah
  • South Prai : Sungai Jawi, Nibong Tebal, Batu Kawan, Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat, Sungai Bakap, Valdor
  • South West Penang Island : 12th Mukim only
  • Prai North : Butterworth Town + 14th Mukim only

Pahang : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Entire district of Kuantan

Perak : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Hulu Perak : Pengkalan Hulu and Belukar Sepang only
  • Hulu Kinta : Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan only

 

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MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Everyone Can Exercise Outdoors Again!

Good news – you can now exercise outdoors during MCO 3.0!

Find out what is the latest U-turn in MCO restrictions by the Malaysian government!

 

MCO 3.0 U-Turn : Everyone Can Exercise Outdoors Again!

On 6 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that all sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN in MCO areas, without their expressed permission.

This rule was to kick off today – 7 May 2021, but after being roundly criticised for decision, they walked back their decision halfway.

At 9:15 PM on 7 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced that the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) agreed to loosen the earlier restrictions on sports and exercise in MCO 3.0 areas.

Sports and recreational activities in open spaces without physical touching, like jogging, cycling, exercise and so on will be allowed, subject to these restrictions :

  • there must be physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres, and
  • it must be within your neighbourhood, or limited to whichever areas in your district that are under MCO restrictions.

But please note that this new rule will begin on 8 May 2021, so don’t go out for a run tonight!!!

 

MCO 3.0 : What Areas Do Exercise Restrictions Apply?

These sports and exercise restrictions apply to ALL areas under MCO restrictions :

Selangor6 May 2021 until 17 May 2021

  • Hulu Langat : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Hulu Semenyih, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  • Petaling
    – 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
  • Gombak : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Ulu Kelang
  • Klang : Klang, Kapar
  • Kuala Langat : Bandar, Batu, Jugra, Kelanang, Morib, Tanjung 12, Teluk Panglima Garang
  • Sepang : Sepang town, Dengkil, Labu

Kuala Lumpur7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • All areas

Johor7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Johor Bahru : Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tanjung Kupang, Tebrau, Bandar Johor Bahru
  • Kulai : Bukit Batu, Kulai Town, Sedenak, Senai
  • Kota Tinggi : Johor Lama, Kambau, Kota Tinggi Town, Pantai Timur, Pengerang, Sedili Besar, Sedili Kechil, Tanjung Surat, Ulu Sungai Johor, Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar

Perak7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Taiping
  • Larut, Matang and Selama : Batu Kurau, Bukit Gantang, Matang, Sungai Tinggi, Trong

Terengganu7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021

  • Besut district : Kampung Raja, Lubuk Kawah, Pelagat, Tenang, Keluang, Bukit Kenak, Kubang Bemban, Jabi, Kerandang, Pengkalan Nangka, Pasir Akar, Tembila, Bukit Puteri, Kuala Besut

Penang10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • North East Penang Island : George Town, Paya Terubong, Bukit Paya Terubong, Bukit Ayer Itam, Ayer Itam, Batu Feringghi, Tanjung Tokong
  • Central Prai : Seberang Jaya, Sama Gagah, Permatang Pasir, Permatang Pauh, Kubang Semang, Taman Paus,  Bandar Perda, Tanah Liat, Berapit, Jalan Betek, Bukit Tengah
  • South Prai : Sungai Jawi, Nibong Tebal, Batu Kawan, Bukit Tambun, Simpang Ampat, Sungai Bakap, Valdor
  • South West Penang Island : 12th Mukim only
  • Prai North : Butterworth Town + 14th Mukim only

Pahang : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Entire district of Kuantan

Perak : 10 May 2021 until 23 May 2021

  • Hulu Perak : Pengkalan Hulu and Belukar Sepang only
  • Hulu Kinta : Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan only

 

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KL, Johor, Perak, Terengganu : What Areas Are Under MCO?

MKN just declared that KL, and parts of Perak, Johor and Terengganu will also come under MCO!

Find out which areas are under MCO!

 

KL, Johor, Perak, Terengganu : What Areas Are Under MCO?

On 5 May 2021, MKN announced that KL, three districts in Johor and fourteen mukims in Terengganu will come under stricter MCO (PKP) measures from 7 May 2021 until 20 May 2021.

Inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for these areas under MCO, except for emergencies or work purposes.

For those who need to apply to travel for emergencies, you need police permission. Please apply using this form.

Those travelling for work can use their employee’s pass, or employer’s letter to confirm that they need to travel for work.

Work From Home (WFH) policies will be announced by MITI for the private sector, and PKD for the public sector

Federal territory of Kuala Lumpur

  • All areas

Johor : Three districts

  • Johor Bahru : Jelutong, Plentong, Pulai, Sungai Tiram, Tanjung Kupang, Tebrau, Bandar Johor Bahru
  • Kulai : Bukit Batu, Kulai Town, Sedenak, Senai
  • Kota Tinggi : Johor Lama, Kambau, Kota Tinggi Town, Pantai Timur, Pengerang, Sedili Besar, Sedili Kechil, Tanjung Surat, Ulu Sungai Johor, Ulu Sungai Sedili Besar

Perak

  • Taiping
  • Larut, Matang and Selama : Batu Kurau, Bukit Gantang, Matang, Sungai Tinggi, Trong

Terengganu

Fourteen mukims in the Besut district : Kampung Raja, Lubuk Kawah, Pelagat, Tenang, Keluang, Bukit Kenak, Kubang Bemban, Jabi, Kerandang, Pengkalan Nangka, Pasir Akar, Tembila, Bukit Puteri, Kuala Besut

 

MCO Restrictions For KL + Johor

The same MCO restrictions announced for Selangor would apply to KL and Johor, like :

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN, except for emergencies and work purposes.
  • Travel because of emergencies require police permission.
  • Travel for work requires worker’s pass or employer’s letter.
  • Schools are allowed to open, subject to risk analysis by the State Health Department.
  • Food premises, food trucks and food kiosks are only allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food can only be purchased to takeaway, through drive-through or delivered. NO DINE IN ALLOWED!
  • Grocers, convenience shops and pharmacies are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM, except on highways where they can operate 24 hours.
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical labs can operate as usual.
  • Daily markets, weekly markets, farmer’s market are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Ramadan bazaars are allowed to operate with strict SOP. It is up to the state to close them in MCO areas.
  • Economic activities are allowed in all MCO areas, with strict SOP.
  • Social activities are FORBIDDEN in all MCO areas – feasts, parties, weddings, receptions, anniversaries, etc.
  • Personal recreation – exercise and sports – is allowed, as long as there is no physical contact, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Spa, night club, pub activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaokes and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.

 

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MCO, CMCO, RMCO Extension + Changes : 29 April – 17 May!

The MCO, CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until 17 May 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

MCO, CMCO, RMCO Extension + Changes : 29 April – 17 May!

On 12 April 2021, MKN announced a further extension of CMCO and RMCO, with some changes :

  • Kelantan is now under stricter MCO / PKP restrictions.
  • Sabah has been upgraded to CMCO / PKPB.
  • The whole states of Negeri Sembilan and Kedah are now under RMCO / PKPP.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

MCO / PKP CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kelantan Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah

Negeri Sembilan

The new MCO, CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 29 April until 17 May 2021.

Sarawak is under CMCO from 27 April until 17 April 2021, and is being normalised with the other CMCO states.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

An employee used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work, forcing the cafe to close and her colleagues to get tested!

Find out what happened, and why this employee could possible be sent to jail!

 

Employee Used Fake COVID-19 Test To Skip Work!

On 7 April 2021, Justin Tay shared how an employee at his cafe in Skudai, Johor, used fake COVID-19 test results to skip work!

The employee started work as a waitress at the cafe on Monday, 5 March 2021.

She sent her employer a text message the next day – Tuesday, 6 March 2021, claiming that she just tested positive for COVID-19, and was unable to go to work.

He immediately close the cafe, and arranged for it to be disinfected. He also notified customers who were present yesterday, and sent all 13 employees (including himself) to be tested for COVID-19.

While waiting for his test results, he was informed by the doctor that the RTK-Ag (antigen rapid test kit) produces results within 10 minutes, and that his employee’s test results was dated 4 March 2021.

That made him suspicious, so he queried the female employee. She initially claimed that she only received the result on the day she reported for work – a day after she allegedly did the test.

When he told her that he would send the results to a lawyer for advice, the female employee resigned from her job, and finally admitted that the COVID-19 test results were fake.

She apparently asked her friend to edit the positive COVID-19 test report. When you compare both reports, you can see the editing – her friend used a much larger font.

Before reporting the matter to the police, he called up her parents. The female employee and her father came to meet the cafe management, but insisted they did nothing wrong.

So Justin Tay lodged a police report, and reopened the cafe. He estimated his loss at several thousand ringgit, because the cafe was closed and he had to send everyone for COVID-19 tests.

In addition, news spread that their employee was infected, and this caused amok panic and customers to stay away.

 

Police : Employee With Fake COVID-19 Test Under Investigation

The Iskandar Puteri police chief, ACP Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, confirmed that they will be investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

If convicted, the employee can face imprisonment of between 1-10 years, with whipping, and will also be liable to a fine!

420. Whoever cheats and thereby dishonestly induces the person deceived, whether or not the deception practiced was the sole or main inducement, to deliver any property to any person, or to make, alter, or destroy the whole or any part of a valuable security, or anything which is signed or sealed, and which is capable of being converted into a valuable security, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year and not more than ten years and with whipping, and shall also be liable to fine.

 

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CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 14 April 2021!

The CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until 14 April 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 14 April 2021!

On 30 March 2021, MKN announced a further extension of CMCO and RMCO, with some changes :

  • The Kuala Muda district in Kedah will remain under CMCO, but the Kulim district will now be under RMCO.
  • The district of Nabawan in Sabah is no longer under MCO, but now under RMCO together with the rest of the state.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Kelantan
Kedah : Kuala Muda
Negeri Sembilan : Seremban
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah
(except Kuala Muda)
Negeri Sembilan
(except Seremban)

The new CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 1 until 14 April 2021.

Sarawak is special – it will be under CMCO from 30 March until 12 April 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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LEGOLAND Malaysia : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

LEGOLAND Malaysia has been temporarily closed after several employees and contractors tested positive for COVID-19!

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

 

LEGOLAND Malaysia : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 24 March 2021, LEGOLAND Malaysia announced the several of their contractors and employees test positive for COVID-19.

They decided to temporarily close their entire resort as a precautionary measure for the next few days, involving :

  • LEGOLAND Theme Park
  • LEGOLAND Water Park
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium and Hotel

 

LEGOLAND Malaysia COVID-19 Cases : Should You Be Concerned?

Anyone who visited LEGOLAND Malaysia in the past 10 days or so should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.

The risk will be low if both the affected employee 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 resort of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.

 

LEGOLAND Malaysia : Statement On COVID-19 Cases

This is the official statement that LEGOLAND Malaysia released at 1:16 PM on 24 March 2021 :

Temporary Closure Announcement

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort wishes to inform all visitors and patrons that it has taken the decision to temporarily close its full resort for the next few days. The careful and proactive decision is a precautionary measure in response to a small number of our contractors and employees who tested positive for COVID-19 despite having applied the highest health and safety measures. The closure applies to LEGOLAND Theme Park, Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Hotel.

LEGOLAND is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is taking all proactive measures to control and contain the situation.

We thank our guests, employees and the community for their patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Resort very soon.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 31 March 2021!

The CMCO and RMCO restrictions have just been extended with some changes until the end of March 2021!

Here is what you need to know about the newly-extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions!

 

CMCO + RMCO Extension + Changes Until 31 March 2021!

On 16 March, MKN announced that Perak and most of Kedah and Negeri Sembilan will be placed under RMCO starting 19 March 2021.

The Kuala Muda and Kulim districts in Kedah will remain under CMCO, as well as Seremban in Negeri Sembilan.

The district of Nabawan in Sabah will be under MCO, but the rest of Sabah will be under RMCO.

So this is the new list of CMCO and RMCO states and territories :

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Kelantan
Kedah : Kuala Muda + Kulim
Negeri Sembilan : Seremban
Sarawak
Perak
Melaka

Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah (except Nabawan – MCO)
Putrajaya
Labuan
Kedah
(except Kuala Muda + Kulim)
Negeri Sembilan
(except Seremban)

The new CMCO and RMCO extension will be from 19 March until 31 March 2021.

Sarawak is special – it will be under CMCO from 16 March until 29 March 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO : Selected SOP Rules

Here are key SOP rules for CMCO areas.

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Recommended : Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

Here are key SOP rules for RMCO areas.

  • Travel within the RMCO / PKPP area is allowed.
  • Travel to other RMCO areas, CMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate according to existing SOP.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate as usual, according to the existing SOP.
  • Petrol stations and laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed to open as usual.

Recommended : Latest RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition!

 

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Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the latest CMCO / PKPB SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed from 10 March 2021 onwards!

For RMCO / PKPP SOP, please see RMCO / PKPP SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

On 9 March, MKN announced that the island of Langkawi would be placed under RMCO starting 10 March 2021.

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah (except LangkawI)
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan
Langkawi island

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

Latest CMCO / PKPB SOP : 11 March 2021 Edition

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas from 10 March 2021 onwards :

TRAVEL

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are considered one zone, and travel between them is allowed.
  • Travel to other CMCO areas, RMCO areas, or EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity. However, vulnerable individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to public, open and crowded areas.
  • Goods and services vehicles are allowed to carry people up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • Travel of private, government and company vehicles for commuting to work and official business is permitted, up to vehicle capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Interstate travel for couples in long-distance marriage is allowed with police permission.

ACTIVITIES WITHIN CMCO / PKPB AREAS

  • All business / economic / industrial activities are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant, food stall, cafe, food truck, hawker, street vendor, food court, hawker centre, food kiosk, grocery shop, convenience store are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Restaurant and cafe are allowed to offer dine-in service (1 metre distance between customers), take-away, delivery or drive-through from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmer’s market, night market and late night bazaar are allowed to operate until 12 midnight.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 midnight. Those on highways can operate 24 hours.
  • Laundry services are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness services, including pedicure and manicure services, are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All other business operations offering daily necessities are allowed from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Private and public clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 12 midnight.

HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR BUSINESS PREMISES

  • Premise / business owners must ensure there is a 1 metre physical distance between customers at the entry and exit points of their premises.
  • Hand sanitisers must be provided at entry points, and customers must use them before entering.
  • Premise / business owners must provide the MySejahtera QR code and a logbook for registering customers.
  • Registration using MySejahtera app is mandatory in areas with Internet coverage. Exceptions will be given to areas with no Internet coverage, like rural areas.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write their names and telephone numbers into the logbook and scan their body temperature. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premise.
  • Premise / business owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk status in MySejahtera are allowed to enter their premise.
  • Premise / business owners must limit the number of customers within their premises to ensure a 1 metre radius at all times, and publicly list the maximum number of people allowed in their premise.
  • All workers, suppliers and customers must wear face masks correctly while they are inside the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation at all premises.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear face masks in all crowded public places, except these places / activities :
    – your own home, with your own family members
    – hotel room / paid accommodation, with your own family members
    – your own work space
    – indoor and outdoor sporting activities
    – your own vehicle, with your own family members
    – indoor and outdoor public areas, without other individuals
    – eating and drinking at public areas, without other individuals

WORK ACTIVITIES

  • Travel in and out of CMCO / RMCO areas for work is allowed, with employer’s letter or work pass.
  • Travel into EMCO areas is FORBIDDEN.
  • The number of public sector workers permitted is based on the JPA circular.
  • The private sector is limited to 30% of their Management team, and a limit set by the employer for their Operations team.
  • Vehicles ferrying workers, including private vehicles, are allowed to operate.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All individual and team sport and recreational activities are SUBJECT to the Sports & Recreational SOP.
  • State and community competitions and championships are allowed, with the permission of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • National competitions and championships that involve interstate travel (like MFL, MHL and STL) are allowed, with police permission, and without spectators / supporters.
  • Sponsorship of any national or international competition or championship MUST obtain permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS).
  • Phased Centralised Training Programs for teams involved in MFL, MHL and STL through home / camp quarantine is allowed.
  • Centralised Training Programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils using camp quarantine are allowed.
  • Group sports or recreational activities WITHOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT, with 50% capacity limit, physical distancing and supervision, is allowed,

INDUSTRIAL + ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All industrial and economic activities can operate as usual, according to the SOP.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is permitted for all vehicles used for business, industry and manufacturing activities.

FISHING, PLANTATION + FARMING

  • The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are allowed, with attendance limit set by the state religious authorities.
  • Activities in non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed, with attendance limit set by the Ministry of National Unity or the Ministry of Federal Territories.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All events, shows, performances, live music and live band activities in hall, auditorium, art premise, convention centre, studio, stadium and hotel lounge are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity.
  • Events are limited to special and licensed locations like convention centres, galleries, trade centres, art premises and other licenced MICE premises.
  • Lounge hotel performance is allowed with audience limited to 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • The number of management staff, artistes, and crew are limited to 70% of usual capacity.
  • Music, animation, film, drama and documentary production, inside and outside the studio, are allowed.
  • Live television programs, inside or outside a studio, are allowed with audience at 50% of venue capacity and physical distancing.
  • Busking activities at cafeteria, food court, food stores and shopping mall are allowed.
  • Cinemas and drive-in theatres are allowed.

CHILD + SENIOR CARE

  • Childcare centres, kindergartens and daycare facilities are allowed to operate, with permission by the relevant ministry / agency.
  • Parents sending their children to childcare, kindergarten or daycare are allowed to use vehicles up to the licensed capacity.
  • Daycare facilities for the disabled, senior citizens, women and all other care facilities are allowed to operate.

EDUCATION

  • Public and private schools, higher education institutes, training institutes, tahfiz centres, kindergarten, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, enrichment centres and all other educational institutes are allowed to operate.
  • Candidates for SPM 2020 and 2021, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and entry assessment for special schools (Form 1 and Form 4) and international examinations are allowed to travel into any MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas, with letters from the Ministry of Education.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel, with letters from Ministry of Education or Ministry of Higher Education.
  • Boarding school students must obtain permission letters from their institutes for interstate travel.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • All business events involving meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions are allowed to operate at 50% of premise capacity.
  • They must ensure physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and compliance with the MICE SOP.
  • Face-to-face meeting for official or work reasons in office, hotel and other venues are allowed, subject to physical distancing, wearing of face masks and up to 50% of the room capacity.
  • Video conferencing for meetings is encouraged.

TOURISM + CULTURE

These domestic tourism activities are allowed to operate at 50% of the premise’s capacity, with physical distancing, wearing of face masks and compliance with SOP :

  • Tourist attractions like zoo, farm, aquarium, edutainment centre, recreation park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park and so on.
  • Art, culture and heritage sites like museum, library, art gallery, heritage centre, cultural performance and so on.
  • Theme park and family entertainment centre

All other tourism and cultural activities, OTHER than those in the Negative List are subject to the Tourism and Cultural Sector SOP.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial, public and private, events and social gatherings such as feast, Akad Nikah, wedding, engagement, reception, aqiqah ceremony, tahlil, anniversary, birthday, reunion, retreat and so on, are allowed at up to 50% of premise capacity.
  • Such events must ensure physical distancing, wearing of face masks and follow the Social Event SOP.

NEGATIVE LIST (FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES)

  • Pub and night club
  • Concert or live event with audience
  • Championship / competition WITHOUT permission from the Ministry of Youth and Sports
  • Championship / competition with spectators
  • Group activities with physical contact, with over 50% capacity, without supervision.
  • Activities outside of the CMCO area, unless with permission.
  • Mass and group activities that makes physical distancing impossible, like fun run, fun ride, marathon, triathlon and so on.
  • Tourism outside of the CMCO area, or in an MCO / EMCO area.
  • Overseas tourism.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists, except those from permitted countries.
  • Interstate travel without police permission.
  • Any group activity that makes it difficult for physical distancing or compliance with DG Health orders.
  • Any other matters that will be decided by the government from time to time.

 

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No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Malaysia just cancelled MCO, and extended CMCO and RMCO restrictions till 18 March 2021!

Here is what you need to know about this new MCO, CMCO and RMCO changes!

 

No More MCO, Now CMCO + RMCO Until 18 March 2021!

Starting 5 March, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will no longer be under MCO (Movement Control Order).

They will join Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Perak and Kelantan as states under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will join Perlis as states under RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order).

CMCO / PKPB RMCO / PKPP
Kuala Lumpur
Selangor
Penang
Johor
Negeri Sembilan
Kedah
Perak
Kelantan
Melaka
Pahang
Terengganu
Perlis
Sabah
Putrajaya
Labuan

The new CMCO and RMCO restrictions will extend from 5 March until 18 March 2021.

If you are wondering about Sarawak, it is still under CMCO / PKPB, which was extended earlier to 15 March 2021.

 

CMCO + RMCO Areas : What’s Changed?

Here are some changes or updates to the SOP for CMCO and RMCO areas

  • Inter-district travel is allowed, but interstate travel is still forbidden.
  • KL, Selangor and Putrajaya are considered one zone, but travel to Putrajaya requires police permission.
  • Businesses are allowed to operate from 6 AM to 12 AM in both areas
  • Creative industries are limited to 70% capacity in CMCO areas, 100% in RMCO areas
  • Tourism businesses (including family entertainment, reflexology’s, spas, manicure and pedicure services) allowed at 50% capacity in CMCO areas, depending on physical distancing limitations in RMCO areas.
  • All financial institutions can operate as normal.
  • Farming and construction industries can operate as normal.
  • Social events and government events, weddings, reunions, birthday parties are allowed up to 50% capacity in CMCO areas, and 100% in RMCO areas.

 

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