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IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose?

IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did Mr. Choo Chuan Sin – the founder of IPK College – die from the Pfizer booster dose, after taking the Sinovac vaccine?

Let’s take a look at the viral claims, and see what we can find out!

 

Claim : IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Netizens are sharing messages claiming that IPK College Founder Choo Chuan Sin just died from the Pfizer booster dose, after taking the Sinovac vaccine.

Mr Choo, a member of Hash House Harrier took 1st & 2nd jabs of Sinovac. Took Pfizer booster on 19 Nov. Died 22 Nov. Only 56 years of age.

There are two more messages circulating on Telegram, WhatsApp, etc. so just skip to the next section for the facts…

IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Frankly speaking, I’m not in the habit of delving into people’s private matters, especially sensitive affairs like the untimely passing of someone’s husband and father.

But so many people were asking me to fact check it because the messages went viral, I had no choice but to put a stop to it.

Now, I am not about to ask his brother Andrew, during this difficult time, to confirm whether his father died from the Pfizer booster dose or not.

But here are my reasons why it is simply not possible for IPK College founder Choo Chuan Sin to have died from the Pfizer booster dose…

Reason #1 : His Son Did Not Mention Vaccines At All

Mr. Choo Chuan Sin’s brother, Andrew Choo, posted publicly about his father’s death, but did not mention anything about vaccines being related to this death.

If vaccines caused his father’s death, you would have expected him to publicly denounce the vaccines, as some people have done.

IN LOVING MEMORY
CHOO CHUAN SIN
1965 – 2021

With heavy hearts, the Choo family regrets to announce the passing of our beloved
Choo Chuan Sin on November 22, 2021.

His generous heart, love and kind spirit will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral will be on Thursday morning
November 25, 2021.

Due to the current severity of the COVID situation, we will take safety measures to keep everyone safe and the ceremony simple.

Thank you!

Remark: Funeral has been recheduled 26/11/21 FRIDAY (Morning)

Reason #2 : Pfizer Vaccine Cannot Cause Lung Infection

It is NOT POSSIBLE for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to cause a lung infection, because it does not contain any infectious agent.

Once it is injected into the upper arm, the vaccine triggers the immune system to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It cannot travel to the lungs and turn into viruses or bacteria.

Reason #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Does Not Contain Bacteria

It may seem silly, but I have to point out that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any bacteria, so it is not possible for it to cause bacterial infections of any kind.

It is not possible for the hospital to blame the Pfizer booster dose for a bacterial infection of the lung, because that’s simply nonsense.

Reason #4 : Mixing Vaccines Is Safe

Vaccines are self-defence classes for our immune system, so mixing vaccines (heterologous vaccination) is like taking different martial arts classes.

Nevertheless, heterologous vaccination was tested and proven to be safe and more effective than homologous vaccination in several studies, before it was approved in many countries.

Reason #5 : Pfizer Booster Dose Taken Months After Sinovac Vaccine

Once injected, COVID-19 vaccines do not stay long in the body. After they trigger the immune system, they are gone within 2-3 days.

Here in Malaysia, the Pfizer booster dose is only offered more than 3 months after a person received the second dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

So it is simply not possible for the Pfizer booster dose to “react” with the Sinovac vaccine. The Sinovac vaccine was long gone (for at least 3 months) before Mr. Choo received his Pfizer booster dose.

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

Here is my verdict – this is yet another example of antivaxxers abusing someone’s death to push their narrative.

Antivaxxers have a big problem – BILLIONS of people have been vaccinated, and are not dying in droves as they claim. So they have to make up stories to scare people into avoiding the vaccine.

Antivaxxers do NOT care about your health, or your family’s lives. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

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

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Schedule For January 2022!

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

Group A

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

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 until 31 December 2021
  • 2021 academic year will continue on 2 January until 24 February 2022
  • There will be a 3-week term holiday from 25 Febuary until 20 March 2022
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 2 January 2022 24 February 2022 36
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 until 31 December 2021
  • 2021 academic year will continue on 3 January until 25 February 2022
  • There will be a 3-week term holiday from 26 Febuary until 20 March 2022
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 3 January 2022 25 February 2022 36
Term Holiday 26 February 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

Malaysia School Term Schedule For March 2022!

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 Febuary 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 Febuary 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 March 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 March 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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National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 November 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.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP that was released on 7 November 2021.

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 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.

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

  • 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 3 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.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • 7 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • 10 day home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Test & Release (T&R) Protocol

  • The pilot program for the test & release (T&R) protocol is limited to this group of low-risk travellers arriving from overseas, with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits :
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
  • The requirements for this programme include :
    – submitting an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergoing a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

General Health Protocol In Phase 4 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • 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).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years and below are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • 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).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded 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) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    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, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Travel Restrictions In Phase 4 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 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.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector 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.

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings and interviews are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing. Updated!
  • Meeting parties are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of venue capacity with physical distancing. Press conference after meeting party is ALLOWED with physical distancing and wearing of face masks. New!
  • 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 a face-to-face meeting, or conduct the meeting via video conferencing.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.

Seminars + Trainings

  • Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings and talks 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 when conducting these activities. New!

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.
  • For the state of Melaka, all official government and private events are FORBIDDEN from 4 November 2021 until 27 November 2021. New!
  • 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 when conducting these activities. New!

Social Activities In Phase 4 Areas

  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at up to 50% venue capacity and with physical distancing.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 years or younger, subject to compliance with general health protocols.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!
  • Activities, gatherings or social events related to the Melaka state elections, including election machinery launch events are FORBIDDEN from 25 October until 27 November 2021.

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. New!

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
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

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 18 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 asymptomatic.
    – 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 18 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, from 1 October 2021 onwards.
  • 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

  • All schools and educational institutes under, or registered under, the Ministry of Education (KPM), can open for students based on KPM’s decisions.
  • Primary School Reopening
    Stage 1
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) All other students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 2
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Standard 1, 2 and 3 students can attend classes with rotation.
    d) Standard 4, 5 and 6 students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 3
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Standard 1, 2 and 3 students can attend classes with rotation.
    d) Standard 4, 5 and 6 students can attend classes with rotation.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    Stage 1
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in day / private schools can attend classes with rotation.
    f) Students sitting for other international exams can attend classes with rotation.
    g) All other students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 2
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM, Form 3 and Form 4 in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students sitting for other international exams can attend classes with rotation.
    f) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM, Form 3 and Form 4 in day / private schools can attend classes with rotation.
    g) Remove Class, Form 1 and Form 2 students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 3
    a) International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) All students in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) All other students, including students in private, international and expatriate schools can attend classes with rotation.
  • All Matriculation College students of the 2 Semester System and 4 Semester System (Semester 3) can attend classes, while students of the 4 Semester System (Semester 1) can either attend classes or online classes.
  • All Teachers Training Institute (IPG) students can return to campus in stages from 7 November 2021 for Group A states, and 8 November 2021 for Group B states.
  • All face-to-face and group learning are allowed, subject to the existing SOP.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • IPG students are encouraged to test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit a day before returning, or getting a screening test at a healthcare facility and notifying the IPG management of the results.
  • 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.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return 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. New!

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.
  • 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 OUTDOOR sports and recreational activities with physical contact are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, done individually or in groups, are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • The operation of all OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities at 100% employee and customer capacity is allowed, but limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are 18 years and younger, subject to compliance with strict SOP.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who below 18 years old, with supervision and limited to 1,000 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, or less.
  • Sports and recreational activities or training, with or without physical touch, in groups are limited to 1,000 participants at any one time or up to venue capacity. Children below 18 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can perform these activities while accompanied or supervised by parents / guardian / coach / instructor who are fully-vaccinated. New!
  • All local or international championships and competitions, with or without physical touch, must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office. New!
  • Mass competitions or championships, must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office, and is limited to 1,000 participants at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on. Updated!
  • 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 (below 18 years of age). However, children who are not fully-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter. Updated!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • 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. New!
  • 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 18 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

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. New!
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 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. New!

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to 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.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championships, competitions, and matches without Sports Commission Office permission. Updated!
  • All activities, gatherings or social events involving the Melaka State Elections, including the launching of election machinery from 25 October to 27 November 2021. New!
  • 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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Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded to Phase 4, together with a slew of PPN SOP changes!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

On 5 November 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

  • Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 8 November 2021.

This change will leave just two states under Phase 3 – Sarawak and Kelantan.

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 24 October Edition!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) also announced these PPN SOP changes :

Port Klang Vaccination Program For Ship Crew

Ship crew under the Klang port authority wlll be allowed to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when their ship docks at Port Klang.

This is subject to approval by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM), Marine Department Malaysia (JKM) and the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM).

The COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted onboard their ship, to avoid transporting the crew members to a clinic or medical facility.

Stadium Access For Fully-Vaccinated Adolescents

From Monday, 8 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated adolescents (12-17 years-old) will also be allowed to enter stadiums and all sports facilities, in addition to fully-vaccinated adults.

Children who are NOT fully-vaccinated or only partially-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter stadiums, including all sports facilities.

Eating and drinking at stadiums are still NOT ALLOWED.

Switch From Hotel To Private Quarantine Station

From Friday, 12 November 2021 onwards, the Malaysian government will switch from using quarantine hotels to using private quarantine facilities.

The quarantine management cost of RM2,600 for each foreign traveller will be abolished.

However, the quarantine rate charge by the quarantine station will remain at the same maximum rate of RM150 per person per day.

The quarantine charges for SEVEN (7) groups of Malaysian citizens will be WAIVED and paid for by the government.

The repeat COVID-19 screening test for these travellers will be coordinated by the Malaysia Ministry of Health through the State / District Health Office.

 

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How Schools Will Reopen In New PPN Phase 3 + 4 States!

The states moving to PPN Phase 3 or Phase 4 will reopen their schools next month.

Frankly, it’s all quite confusing, but let’s try to break it down…

 

New PPN Phase 3 + 4 : Schools To Reopen In 2 Weeks

These states will be upgraded to PPN Phase 3 or Phase 4, starting Monday, 18 October 2021.

  • Kelantan, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Melaka and Klang Valley (KL, Selangor, Putrajaya) will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

As per the earlier Ministry of Education announcement, schools in states that get upgraded to a new PPN phase will transition after two (2) weeks.

However, this means schooling will resume for some students only for a few weeks before the December school holidays begin…

 

How Schools Will Reopen In New PPN Phase 3 + 4 States!

The latest press release by the Ministry of Education is rather confusing, so here is a quick summary of what they’re trying to say :

PPN Phase 3 Schools

These students in PPN Phase 3 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 1 November 2021 :

  • Pre-school students
  • Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program
  • Form 6 Semester 2 students
  • Pre-University students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM)
  • Students studying for public exams in boarding school / day school / private school.
  • Students studying for international exams like IGCSE O-Level, A-Level, Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and other international exams.

This applies to both public and private schools registered under the Ministry of Education.

PPN Phase 4 Schools

These students in PPN Phase 4 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 1 November 2021 :

  • Standard 1, 2 and 3 students
  • Form 3 and Form 4 students

These students in PPN Phase 4 states can start face-to-face classes starting Monday, 8 November 2021 :

  • Standard 4, 5 and 6 students
  • Remove class, Form 1 and Form 2 students

This applies to both public and private schools registered under the Ministry of Education.

 

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PPN Phase + SOP Changes On 15 October 2021!

Malaysia just announced a slew of PPN Phase + SOP changes on 15 October 2021!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PPN Phase Changes On 15 October 2021!

On 15 October 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

  • Kelantan, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Melaka and Klang Valley (KL, Selangor, Putrajaya) will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 18 October 2021.

 

PPN SOP Changes On 15 October 2021!

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

  1. R&R (Rest & Recreation) facilities at all highways will be allowed to operate 24 hours, starting Saturday, 16 October 2021.
  2. E-hailing vehicles will be allowed to operate at maximum capacity in ALL PPN Phases , starting Saturday, 16 October 2021.
  3. The quarantine for overseas travellers will be reduced from Monday, 18 October 2021 :
    a) 7-day quarantine – either at home (if suitable) or at a quarantine facility – for fully-vaccinated travellers
    b) 10-day quarantine at a quarantine facility for travellers who are partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated.
  4. The quarantine for Close Contacts will be reduced from Monday, 18 October 2021 :
    a) 7-day quarantine – either at home (if suitable) or at a quarantine facility – for fully-vaccinated individuals
    b) 10-day quarantine at a quarantine facility for individuals who are partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated.
  5. Cyber cafe and cyber centre services are allowed to operate, starting Sunday, 17 October 2021 :
    a) 80% capacity for Phase 3 areas
    b) 100% capacity for Phase 4 areas
  6. Religious pilgrimage (umrah) will be allowed from Monday, 18 October 2021 onwards.
  7. Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) face-to-face events are allowed in Phase 3 states for fully-vaccinated individuals, starting Monday, 18 October 2021, subject to these conditions :
    a) all participants must undergo pre-event COVID-19 screening test (saliva test or RTK antigen).
    b) all participants must maintain physical distance.
    c) all participants must wear face masks.
    d) limited to 50% of menu capacity.
  8. Test and Release (T&R) pilot programme will begin on Monday, 18 October 2021, limited to this group of travellers with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits.
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
    This programme will be expanded to include business travellers soon.
    Those participating in this programme must be fully-vaccinated, and will be required to :
    – submit an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergo a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergo a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 2 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 3 SOP, please see PPN 3 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 4 SOP, please see PPN 4 SOP : 11 October Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 2 SOP currently applies to Kelantan, Perak, PenangSabah and Kedah.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 24 September 2021 Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (24 September 2021) for Phase 2, followed by our English translation.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 11 October Update!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP that was released on 11 October 2021.

General Health Protocol In Phase 2 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • 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).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years and below are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • 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). Updated!
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded 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) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    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, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Benefits For Fully Vaccinated People In Phase 2 Areas

Inter-District + Interstate Travel

  • Inter-district and interstate travel is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals who must show their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card, and identity card or passport as evidence.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children who are 17 years old or younger, while complying with general health protocols.

Overseas Travellers

  • 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 3 days of 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.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for travellers from all countries is 14 days, and can be extended a further 7 days, based on the risk assessment on Day 14.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (14 or 21 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival. The RT-PCR screening test for COVID-19 must be released on Day 10, or Day 18 (for travellers undergoing a 21-day quarantine).

Religion

  • Prayer activities at the mosque and surau for individuals who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED, subject to the rules and SOP by the state religious authority.
  • Prayer activities at non-Muslim religious houses for individuals who are fully vaccinated are ALLOWED, subject to the rules and SOP by the Ministry of National Unity.

Dine-In

  • 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 asymptomatic.
    – 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 at these vaccination rates :
    a) 40% : allowed to operate with 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : allowed to operate with 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : allowed to operate with 100% worker capacity
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a maximum capacity of 50% per table, with physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 17 years or younger to dine-in.

Sports + Recreation

  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational activities with physical contact are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals, from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate for fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are below 18 years old for activities involving contact, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 60%.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, done individually or in groups, are LIMITED to those individuals who are fully vaccinated, from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate, but only open to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are below 18 years old, up to 50% capacity. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 60%.
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • Competitions or championships are limited to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Malaysian Football League – MFL) and those who received special permission from KBS.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who below 18 years old, with supervision and limited to 50% capacity of the venue / area, or up to 50 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, whichever is fewer.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 20% of capacity or 5,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals who are 18 years or older only. Updated!

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including fishing pond, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, from 6 AM until 10 PM. Updated!

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED. Updated!
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Tourism

  • Interstate tourism is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals. Updated!
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to undertake tourism activities, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card when checking in. Updated!
  • Hotel and homestay operators must ensure that individuals who enter their premises prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger for tourism activities at the hotel and homestay.
  • Visits by prior appointment are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals to public cultural premises like museum, gallery, archive, handicraft centre, memorial, library and cultural complex, cultural village or center, cultural shows, up to 50% capacity.
  • Tourism centre / premise / product like zoo, farm, aquarium, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle are allowed to operate on the condition that all operators and visitors / guests are fully-vaccinated.

Cruise Ships

  • 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.

Manufacturing + Construction Sectors

  • Manufacturing and construction activities not listed in the Essential Manufacturing and Construction list are ALLOWED, according to these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 40% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Mining + Quarrying

  • For mining and quarrying companies that achieved 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
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Trade + Distribution

  • Only open to 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 18 years old or younger to these premises.

Spa, Wellness + Massage Parlours

  • Spa, wellness and massage parlours are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that both customers and operators are fully-vaccinated, from 1 October 2021 onwards.
  • 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

Night Market + Weekend Market

  • Only fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter a night market or weekend market.
  • 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.

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work at these vaccination rates :
    a) 40% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity

Creative + Entertainment Industry

  • 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 with fully-vaccinated spectators up to 50% capacity of the studio space.
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances to fully-vaccinated guests
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered) with fully-vaccinated attendees up to 50% of premise capacity.
    – cinema activities are ALLOWED with fully-vaccinated workers and cinema goers, up to 50% of cinema capacity.

Government + Private Official Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector, including inaugurations and so on, are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

MICE

  • Seminar, workshop, course, training and talk are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 2 Areas

  • Interstate travel is ALLOWED only for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS. New!
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas. New!
  • The area will be controlled by the police (PDRM), with help from ATM, APM and RELA. Updated!
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to travel in vehicles at full capacity.
  • For those who are not fully-vaccinated :
    – Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities.
    – Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry) are allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

Civil Service

  • Subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Civil service will operate in hybrid mode with this approach :
    – Office attendance must not exceed 60% at any one time (except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement), and 40% must work from home, in rotation.
    – Counter services are subject to the current orders from the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia (KSN).
    – Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services must have official approval from the relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services) is limited to 80%, including both operations and management. Employee capacity can be increased to 100% when employee vaccination is 80% or higher.
  • All offices not listed under essential services are allowed to operate at these vaccination rates :
    a) 40% : Allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity
    b) 60% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
    c) 80% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity

MICE

  • Face-to-face meeting are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of meeting room capacity.
  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.
  • Critical interviews are ALLOWED either face-to-face or online.

Business Activities In Phase 2 Areas

  • Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Sale of food only allowed through takeaway, drive-through or delivery, except dine-in services for fully-vaccinated customers. Dine-in services for social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Park & dine services are FORBIDDEN.
  • Grocers, convenience stores and mini marts are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Pharmacies and self-care stores are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls, and departmental stores allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Bookstores and stationery, computer, telecommunications, and electrical shops are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Barber, hair saloon and beauty saloons are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Laundry services, car wash and optical stores are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.

  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • 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. Updated!
  • Farmer’s market and morning market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 11 AM, limited to main commodities determined by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI).
  • Night market and weekend market are ALLOWED to operate, subject to SOP and monitoring by RELA or local authorities.
  • Only fully-vaccinated people may enter a night market or weekend market, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.

Education In Phase 2 Areas

  • Reopening of schools under the Ministry of Education (KPM), or educational institutes registered with KPM for face-to-face learning are based on risk assessment and opinions of the Ministry of Health (KKM) and the National Security Council (MKN).
  • Primary School Reopening
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    d) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate starting 15 October 2021.
  • 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.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return 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.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate for parents or guardians who are working. Their operators and employees must be fully-vaccinated.
  • 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.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to childcare centres are allowed to transport them at full vehicle capacity.

Religion

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • 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 (for partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated)

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact and physical distancing of 1-3 metres are allowed in OUTDOOR spaces, from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to open, with supervision and up to 60% worker capacity (both management and operations).
  • Operations of all OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the local authorities.
  • Athlete / coach / official / technical support participation in overseas championships or competitions or matches are subject to the approval of the Immigration Department. Updated!
  • Picnics and camping are FORBIDDEN for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 2 Areas

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets (60% capacity)
  11. Community credit and pawn shops
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Construction
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Legislative and judiciary.
  18. Lawyers and commissioners of oaths
  19. Accounting services
  20. Professional services and consultants (subject to the Professional Body’s regulatory authority)
  21. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

Essential Services According To Sector In Phase 2 Areas

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to essential services
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical medicine
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Machinery and equipment
  11. Textiles for PPE production only
  12. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  13. Automotive (vehicles and components)
  14. Ceramics
  15. Cement
  16. Rubber
  17. Iron and steel
  18. Furniture factory

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains
  2. Plantation and commodities including their supply chain (oil palm, rubber, pepper, cocoa, lumber, kenaf, biodiesel and agricommodity certification)
  3. Logging activity is subject to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA).

Construction

  1. Maintenance and repair works
  2. Public infrastructure construction works
  3. Construction works that provide approved employee accommodation at construction sites.
  4. Construction works that house workers in approved Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  5. Construction works of small projects carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.
  6. Renovation of personal homes or commercial buildings.
  7. Land investigation work.
  8. Construction of Government Funded Project.
  9. Professionals / consultants involved in permitted construction works
  10. Services in the supply chain for permitted construction works
  11. Site preparation work, like surveying work, earthworks, marking and clearing of site
  12. Road and highway construction work

Trade + Distribution (Without Vaccination)

  1. Shopping malls INCLUDING supermarkets, hypermarkets, departmental stores and all listed essential services.
  2. Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  3. Departmental stores
  4. Pharmacies, self-care stores, convenience stores and mini marts.
  5. Restaurants
  6. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  7. Pet care and pet food stores
  8. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  9. Hardware stores
  10. E-commerce – all product categories
  11. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only
  12. Bookstores and stationery shops
  13. Computer and telecommunications
  14. Electrical goods shops
  15. Carwashes
  16. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  17. Other specialty retail store (petrol stations)

Trade + Distribution (For Fully-Vaccinated)

  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 center or salon
  21. House show room

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 2 SOP.

  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • All MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, including family karaoke.
  • Interstate and inter-district tourism by individuals who are not fully-vaccinated. Updated!
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Sports and recreational activities and operations that exceed the allowed time, except for those sponsored by Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Malaysian Football League (MFL) and with special KBS permission only.
  • All championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the KBS, MFL and with special KBS permission only.
  • Night club or pub activities
  • 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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EMCO For 13 Penang Areas With Delta Variant Cases?!

Are 13 areas in Penang about to undergo EMCO lockdown, after KKM identified 180 cases of Delta variant infections?!

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

 

Claim : EMCO For 13 Penang Areas With Delta Variant Cases!

This message went viral on WhatsApp today, claiming that KKM identified 13 red zone areas in George Town, Penang, where 180 Delta variant cases were detected!

To All the Penang state citizen please avoid the COVID-19 Delta Variant at this location

Lebuh Light
Beach St
Lebuh Victoria
Lebuh King
Lebuh Queen
Lebuh Chulia
Lebuh China
Lebuh Pasar
Church St
Pengkalan Weld
Gat Lebuh Geraja
Gat Lebuh Pasar
Gat Lebuh Chulia

KKM Penang State have been detect for 180 Indians with the Delta Variant infection (Georgetown Area in RED ZONE) Penang State Government will be going for EMCO for this area

 

Truth : No Penang Areas Going Under EMCO Because Of Delta Variant!

This is yet another piece of COVID-19 fake news, this time targeting Penang. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : No Penang Areas Going Under EMCO!

On 26 August 2021, Daniel Gooi Zi Sen, the Penang ADUN for Pengkalan Kota, issued a statement that this is fake news, stating that no areas in Penang will be going under EMCO.

Here was his Facebook post, together with our English translation :

Another irresponsible message went viral.

Please take note that the message stating that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (PKPD / EMCO) that would be implemented in several George Town locations are false.

Mesej yang tidak bertanggungjawab ditular lagi!

Sila ambil perhatian bahawa mesej yang menyatakan bahawa Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan (PKPD /EMCO) akan dilaksanakan di beberapa lokasi di kawasan George Town adalah tidak benar.

假消息不断疯传!这则指乔治市一些地区因Delta病例而必须实施加强行动管制令的讯息是不正确的!

#PenangLawanCovid19

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Spreads Through People, Not Locations

COVID-19 spreads through infected people, not through locations.

If 180 people were really identified in those areas in Penang, they would have been home quarantined, or sent to a quarantine centre.

Once quarantined, they would not have posed any risk to people living in that area, or going to the area.

Fact #3 : George Town Does Not Have Most COVID-19 Cases

Penang is getting hammered by COVID-19 cases, but George Town does not have the most cases. Neither is George Town the only red zone.

If you look at the latest 26 August 2021 statistics for COVID-19 in Penang, you can see that several other areas have more cases than George Town in the last 14 days.

You can also see that most of Seberang Jaya and less than half of Penang Island are red zones.

Now you know the facts, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends so they won’t get fooled!

Don’t forget to protect yourself and your family by vaccinating against COVID-19! Penang’s vaccination rate is still too low!

 

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Did Giant Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge?

Did giant tsunami waves hit the second Penang bridge – the Sultan Abdul Muadzam Shah Bridge?

Find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2021-08-22 : Updated parts of the article, and the fact check video.

Originally posted @ 2020-12-02

 

Claim : Giant Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge!

A video claiming to show the Second Penang Bridge getting hit by giant tsunami waves, is going viral on social media… again!

Giant tsunami waves hit Penang 2nd bridge at 6.00pm yesterday!

Dramatically, a person appeared to be swept away by a giant wave, and a motorcyclist quickly fled another giant wave!

Here is my video fact check video of two examples I found so far…

 

Truth : Tsunami Waves Did NOT Hit Second Penang Bridge!

This is yet another example of fake news spreading like COVID-19 on social media.

The video is genuine, but it does NOT show giant tsunami waves hitting the Second Penang Bridge.

Fact #1 : This Bridge Is Too Small To Be Second Penang Bridge

In the main span, the Second Penang Bridge has a height clearance of 30 metres for ships to pass under. The bulk of the bridge has a much lower 6 metre clearance.

The Second Penang Bridge is also very wide – between 150 and 250 metres, with 4 car lanes and 2 motorcycle lanes.

The bridge in the video appears to be much shorter, with a 4 metre clearance; and much narrower with just 2 lanes.

Fact #2 : No Report Of Any Tsunami Affecting Penang

There have been no earthquakes nearby, or reports of any tsunami affecting Penang.

The waves appear to be approximately 12-15 metres high, and would have been big news. Yet there is no mention of it in the mainstream media. Very sus, no?

Fact #3 : It Was An Old Video

This video went viral earlier in July 2020, when it was posted as evidence of a tsunami hitting a bridge in Alaska after an earthquake there. However, that was false as well.

The earliest we could find was a December 2017 tweet by a CNBC-AWAAZ anchor, Deepali Rana, who claimed that it was a video of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. That was also false!

Fact #4 : The Video Was Recorded On Minicoy Island

The video was recorded on 23 August 2017, showing giant waves hitting the Eastern Jetty at Minicoy Island (Maliku), in Lakshadweep, India.

It is a much smaller structure than the second Penang bridge, or the Bandar-Worli Sea Link bridge.

Here is a picture of the Eastern Embarkation Jetty, with a surfer for size comparison.

 

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Can You Wear Slippers While Driving In Malaysia?

Can you wear slippers while driving a car in Malaysia? Here is what you need to know!

Updated @ 2021-07-17 : Added confirmation letter from JPJ

Originally posted @ 2021-07-15

 

Are Police Checking For Driving With Slippers In Malaysia?

A video went viral recently, showing a police officer stopping a man, and asking if he’s wearing slippers or shoes.

Many Malaysian netizens were shocked by video. Some speculated that the police are looking for a kick-back, while others said that it’s to check if people were going to work or having a joyride.

 

Can You Wear Slippers While Driving In Malaysia?

So can you wear slippers while driving in Malaysia?

That really depends on whether you are driving a personal vehicle, or a commercial vehicle.

Fact #1 : You Can Wear Slippers While Driving A Private Vehicle

There are no laws that forbid you from wearing slippers or sandals while driving a private vehicle.

However, wearing slippers or sandals while driving a commercial vehicle (like a lorry, bus or taxi) is an offence under the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.

The person who recorded the video was a taxi driver. That’s why the police officer let the car in front of him go, but stopped to question him.

Fact #2 : Commercial Vehicle Drivers Must Wear Appropriate Attire

Drivers of commercial vehicles do not just have to wear proper shoes while driving, they have to be properly attired.

Section 15(b) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 requires drivers of commercial vehicles to be properly attired.

What that means is really ambiguous, but in the past has included wearing slippers or sandals while driving.

JPJ confirmed that it is mandatory for drivers of commercial and public vehicles to wear fully-closed shoes. Those who do not can be fined under the Road Transportation Act 1987.

Fact #3 : Driving With Slippers Is Dangerous

Even though it’s legal to drive a private vehicle with slippers or sandals, I highly advise you NOT to do that.

Driving with slippers or sandals have been shown to increase the risk of accidents through :

  • increasing the time it takes to work the pedals.
  • delay your reaction time.
  • reduce the amount of force on the pedals.
  • getting lodged under the pedals

Even if you don’t get a ticket for not wearing proper shoes while driving, you could end up in a bad accident.

Please stop wearing slippers while driving!

Fact #4 : Taking Off Your Slippers / Shoes Is Also Dangerous!

For those who like to drive barefoot, please don’t do that either!

Taking off your shoes or slippers before driving is a recipe for disaster, as they can get lodged under the pedals.

Imagine trying to pump the brake pedal with your shoe or slipper lodged under it.

If you really, REALLY must drive barefoot, please place your footwear in the passenger’s compartment.

 

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Fact Check : Fake Police Raid On Penang Condo?

A woman live-streamed a police raid on her condominium in Penang, claiming that they could be robbers posing as fake police officers.

Her livestream went viral. Find out what really happened, and what the facts really are!

 

Viral Video Of Fake Police Raid On Penang Condo???

On 12 July 2021, a Penang lady live-streamed a police raid on her condominium on Logan Road, claiming that they could be robbers posing as fake police officers.

It didn’t help that they were all in plainclothes and it was very late at night – about 11 PM.

It also did not help that fake news have been circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that robbers pretending to be government officials using fake warrants to rob people.

She refused to let them in, and live-streamed the entire face-off on Facebook.

 

Truth : Police Raid On Penang Condo Was Genuine, Not Fake!

The truth is the police raid on the Penang condo was REAL, not fake. They were not robbers, but genuine police officers.

The Nilai district police issued a statement on 13 July 2021, clarifying the incident.

On 12 July 2021, police officers from the Nilai Commercial Crime department, acting on Op Pelican information, went to the condominium unit on Logan Road, in Penang.

Accompanied by two fellow officers from the Dato Keramat police station, they were looking for a man to assist in their investigation concerning a case of fraud.

According to Nilai district police chief, Mohd Fazley Ab Rahman, they introduced themselves and presented their police identity cards, but the lady refused to let them in.

The video only showed one of the plainclothes officer wearing a yellow PDRM vest showing what appears to be his MyKad, and not a police ID.

Later, two Penang police officers in uniform arrived at her unit to assure her that the men were not robbers posing as fake police officers.

She then let them into her unit, but they did not locate the man inside. No arrest or seizures was made that night.

 

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Penang Upgraded To COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2!

MKN just announced that Penang will be upgraded to Phase 2 of COVID-19 Recovery Plan from 7 July 2021 onwards!

Here is what we know so far!

 

Penang Upgraded To COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2!

On 5 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that Penang will be upgraded to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, starting 7 July 2021!

This decision was made after Penang successfully achieved these three indicators of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

  • New cases averaging less than 12.2 cases per 100,000 – just 9.5 cases per 100,000 population
  • Moderate ICU use capacity, with the Capacity to Respond at an adequate level
  • Two dose vaccination rate exceeding 10% – currently at 10.1%.

 

Penang Under COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2 : What Changes?

Government Operations During Phase 2

Government offices can conduct hybrid operations – both office and work from home using this approach :

  • Office capacity must not exceed 40% (not including frontliners, security, defence and law enforcement) and 60% must work from home, in turns.
  • All meetings and discussions must be conducted online through a safe and secure medium.
  • Counter services will be open.
  • Office attendance must be accompanied by official orders and worker passes.
  • Compliance with COVID-19 SOP.

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 2

These economic sectors can reopen under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan. They will be allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM daily.

Worker capacity in the private sector for essential services can be increased to 80%.

Manufacturing

  • Automotive (vehicles and components
  • Ceramics
  • Furniture factory for export
  • Rubber
  • Iron and steel
  • Cement

Trade + Distribution

  • Book and stationery stores
  • Computers and telecommunications
  • Electrical good
  • Carwashes
  • Barber and hair saloons (basic barber services only)

Travel Restrictions

Interstate and inter-district travel are still FORBIDDEN, except for school teachers and students who are sitting for examinations.

Interstate travel for long-distance couples are allowed, only for emergency and special cases with police approval.

Markets

Farmer’s markets and morning markets are allowed to operate from 7 AM until 11 AM, and limited to these six commodities :

  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • groceries
  • processed chicken
  • seafood
  • meat

Weekly markets, night markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN to operate.

Sports + Recreation

All individual sporting and recreational activities, that do not involve physical touch, are ALLOWED.

Physical distance of at least 2 to 3 metres must be maintained.

 

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Dell Commissions Largest Solar Panel Globally In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just commissioned the largest on-site solar panel globally in Penang, Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know about this latest green initiative by Dell Technologies!

 

Dell Commissions Largest Solar Panel Globally In Malaysia!

Dell Technologies just commissioned the largest on-site solar panel globally at their Asia Pacific Customer Centre (APCC2) in Bukit Mertajam, Penang in Malaysia!

This RM2.25 million (~US$550,000) solar photovoltaic system is the first in Southeast Asia for a Dell Technologies facility.

This 700 kWp rooftop system consists of 1,590 highly-efficient solar panels, that will produce nearly 1,000 MWh of renewable electricity every year.

That is enough to power more than ¼ of the production lines at this 24-hour facility, reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 650 metric tonnes!

 

Dell Solar Panel In Malaysia : Towards Progress Made Real 2030!

This commissioning of such a large solar panel system is part of Dell Technologies’ Progress Made Real 2030 plan to create a positive and lasting social impact on humankind and the planet through 2030 and beyond.

Amongst other goals, Progress Made Real aims to source 75% of electricity from renewal energy sources across all Dell Technologies facilities by 2030, and 100% by 2040, with the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“We all have a role in protecting the planet. That is why Dell Technologies has committed to reducing our emissions across facilities, our supply chain and in the energy intensity of our products over the next decade, and reaching net zero emissions by 2050,” said Pang Yee Beng, senior vice president, South Asia, and managing director, Malaysia, Dell Technologies. “This solar power installation is key to us achieving this goal and we are extremely proud to lead the way in Malaysia with our largest on-site solar power installation globally to reduce emissions and create positive environmental impact.”

 

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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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Is There A Communist Revolution Monument In Penang?

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang have gone viral, with calls from netizens to TEAR IT DOWN!

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

 

Claim : DAP Created A Communist Monument In Penang!

Pictures of a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument in Penang are being shared on Facebook and social media, with messages like this (translated into English) :

DAP created a Communist monument in Penang after they took power.

Communist monument on Flag Hill in Penang.

What are you waiting for? When are you going to tear it down?

Do You Know?

In Penang, there is a World War II memorial called the Revolution Memorial.

But it’s full of Chinese letters and the figures are all dressed as Communists.

There is absolutely no information in English or Bahasa Melayu, much less Tamil.

When people say it’s racist, [you get] angry

This monument was built as soon as DAP took over Penang from Gerakan.

Here is a selection of comments that were posted with that misleading picture, showing how it instigates hate and racial tensions :

Roboh kan semuanya,, pulau Pinang ialah tanah Melayu,,jgn lupa tu,, DAP memang haprak

Demolish it all. Penang is Malay soil. Don’t forget that. DAP is useless.

Say no to komunis DAP

Puak2 pengkhianat DAP..musoh melayu..musoh islam..

DAP are traitors, enemies of the Malays, enemies of Islam.

Robohkan Tugu peringatan pembunuh anak anak peribumi Melayu. kenapa di iarkan sebegitu rupa di mana anguta dan bekas angguta keselamatan kita boleh biarkan sebegitu rupa…Letupkan !

Destroy the memorial of the killers of Malay natives. Why is it being left like that? How can our security forces let this be? Blow it up!

 

Communist Revolution Monument In Penang : The Truth

The short version is this – the monument in the pictures exists, but it is neither a Communist monument, nor was it created or built by DAP.

All of the claims about it in the incendiary posts above are FALSE.

We would like to warn everyone to be careful of political fake news being shared to incite hatred and racial tensions.

Fact #1 : That Is The Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial

The monument in the picture is the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park, also known as the Air Itam War Memorial Park.

It is NOT a Chinese Communist Revolution Monument.

There are two key monuments at this memorial park :

  • a bronze-coloured army supply truck being pushed by three men – memorialising the Nanyang transport volunteers from Malaya, who helped deliver supplies to China when they were blocked by the Japanese.
  • a 45-foot tall white obelisk that commemorates the Marco Polo Incident, that kicked off the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.

The ashes of some 800 incomplete skeletons of Penang Chinese residents who died under Japanese occupation, and the Nanyang transport volunteers who died, are also buried under the obelisk.

The truck also has a number plate with the date 1939 on it. Communist China didn’t exist in 1939, so claims that this is a Communist monument is… idiotic.

Fact #2 : It Was Built In 1946 And Opened In 1951

Construction on the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park started in 1946, and it was officially opened in 1951.

DAP was only formed on 11 October 1965, so the claim that it was built when DAP gained power in Penang is false.

Because the People’s Republic of China was only established in 1949, the claim that this is a communist revolution monument is idiotic.

It is also extremely stupid to claim that the figures were dressed as Chinese Communists, because Communist China didn’t exist when the monument was being built!

Fact #3 : It Was Privately Funded

The original Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-War Memorial Park was funded entirely by the Penang China Relief Fund, a Penang-based private fundraising organisation.

It was officially opened at 11 AM on 11 November 1951 by Penang Chinese tycoon and philanthropist, Lim Lean Teng, who was the supervisory chairman of the organisation.

After the Penang China Relief Fund was dissolved in 1952, the Kong Min School was entrusted to maintain the memorial with an annual budget of $5,000, and an annual memorial service.

Fact #4 : It Was Upgraded For Its 60th Anniversary

The Board of Trustees of the Kong Min School decided to repair and upgrade the memorial to coincide with its 60th anniversary.

The RM 400,000 project also added a 60 foot-long wall relief showing Malayan transport volunteers on the Burma-China road, and a peace column with flying doves.

On top of private donations by various organisations and individuals, the Penang state government also chipped in.

When it was opened at precisely 11:11 AM on 11 November 2016 by Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, politicians from both sides of the political divide attended the launch.

Therefore, the claim that no one knew about it, or that it was only something DAP would do, is categorically FALSE.

Photo Credit : The Sun Daily

Fact #5 : There Is Information In FOUR Languages

The memorial park has information in four languages – English, Bahasa Melayu, Chinese and Japanese.

Here is the information panel in English and Bahasa Melayu, proving that the claim there is no information in both languages are FALSE.

 

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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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Penang, Perak + Pahang : What Areas Are Under MCO 3.0?

The piecemeal MCO 3.0 declarations continue, this time involving districts and mukims (townships) in Penang, Perak and Pahang!

Here are the latest details…

 

Penang, Perak + Pahang : What Areas Are Under MCO 3.0?

On 8 May 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that districts and mukims (townships) in Penang, Perak and Pahang will come under MCO 3.0 restrictions, from 10 May to 23 May 2021.

Penang Areas Under MCO 3.0

  • Penang Districts Under MCO 3.0
    a) Timur Laut (North East Penang Island)
    – George Town
    – Paya Terubong
    – Bukit Paya Terubong
    – Bukit Ayer Itam
    – Ayer Itam
    – Batu Feringghi
    – Tanjung Tokong
    b) Seberang Perai Tengah (Central Prai)
    – Seberang Jaya
    – Sama Gagah
    – Permatang Pasir
    – Permatang Pauh
    – Kubang Semang
    – Taman Paus
    – Bandar Perda
    – Tanah Liat
    – Berapit
    – Jalan Betek
    – Bukit Tengah
    c) Seberang Perai Selatan (South Prai)
    – Sungai Jawi
    – Nibong Tebal
    – Batu Kawan
    – Bukit Tambun
    – Simpang Ampat
    – Sungai Bakap
    – Valdor
  • Penang Mukims Under MCO 3.0
    – Mukim 12, Barat Daya (12th Mukim, South West Penang Island)
    – Butterworth Town, Prai North
    – Mukim 14, Seberang Perai Utara (14th Mukim, Prai North)

Pahang Area Under MCO 3.0

  • Entire district of Kuantan

Perak Areas Under MCO 3.0

  • Perak Mukims Under MCO 3.0
    – Pengkalan Hulu and Belukar Sepang in the Hulu Perak district
    – Hulu Kinta, covering Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan

 

MCO Restrictions For Penang, Perak + Pahang

The same MCO restrictions announced for Selangor would apply to Penang, Perak and Pahang, 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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Gone In 90 Minutes : Tanker Spills 20,000 Litres Of Oil!

A tanker just hit the side of the Juru toll, spilling 20,000 litres of oil!

This is why tanker drivers need to be extra careful passing through toll gates.

 

Gone In 90 Minutes : Tanker Spills 20,000 Litres Of Oil!

At around 12 PM on 20 April 2021, a tanker passing through the Juru toll hit a metal pole on the left side.

The pole punctured the tank, which spilled its entire contents onto the road. Fortunately, it was just cooking oil!

The PLUS Response Time and the Prai Fire Department rushed to the site to contain the spill, and clean up the oil.

They succeeded in clearing everything by 1:30 PM, but the incident still caused traffic jam at the toll which apparently stretched for a good 3 kilometres!

The 50 year-old tanker driver suffered minor injuries to his leg, and was taken to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for treatment.

 

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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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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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Pfizer Vaccine Arrives Early, Vaccination Starts 24 February!

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

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives Early!

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

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

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

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

Johor

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

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

Penang

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

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccination Begins 24 February 2021!

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

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

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

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

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

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

Phase 2 : April – August 2021

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

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

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

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

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

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

 

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

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

For Central states, please see KL, Selangor, Putrajaya District List
For Southern states, please see Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan District List
For Eastern states, please see Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu District List
For East Malaysia states, please see Sabah, Labuan, Sarawak District List

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel : Forbidden Nationwide

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently daerah in PKP mean ikut Daerah IPD polis.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Travel Restriction : MKN Clarifies Definition Of District!

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

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

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

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

 

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

Penang District List

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

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

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

Kedah District List

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

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

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

Perlis District

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

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

Perak Districts

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bagan Specialist Centre COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

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

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

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

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

The Management

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

MCO (Movement Control Order) Areas

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

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Selangor
  • Johor
  • Penang

CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) Areas

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

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

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

RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) Areas

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

 

Extended MCO / CMCO / RMCO : Existing SOP To Continue

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

Here is a quick summary of their key SOPs :

MCO / PKP SOP

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

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

CMCO / PKPB SOP

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

Recommended : Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown SOP!

RMCO / PKPP SOP

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

Recommended : RMCO / PKPP in Malaysia : New SOP for December 2020!

 

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Hotel Equatorial Penang Closes Its Doors On 31 March 2021

It is the end of the road for Hotel Equatorial Penang, which will close its doors on 31 March 2021.

Find out why the iconic Hotel Equatorial Penang is forced to shut down…

 

Hotel Equatorial Penang Closes Its Doors On 31 March 2021

On 25 January 2021, the Management of Hotel Equatorial Penang announced that they will close down effective 31 March 2021.

In an internal letter to the staff, General Manager Alan H. C. Ong stated that the decision was due to “adverse business conditions caused by COVID-19“.

Despite the huge losses suffered by the hotel, the management of Hotel Equatorial Penang will pay severance benefits to their staff, who will all remain employed until 31 March 2021.

Sadly, Penang is currently under MCO and it is unlikely you will have the opportunity for a last stay at the hotel, as it appears they plan to close the hotel to the public before 31 March 2021.

 

Internal Circular On Closure Of Hotel Equatorial Penang

This was the internal circular that was shared on social media on the closure of Hotel Equatorial Penang :

 

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Malaysia MCO : Nine States + Territories Extended To 4 Feb!

Malaysia just extended the MCO / PKP lockdown for the remaining nine states and federal territories to 4 February 2021!

Here is what you need to know about this new development!

 

Malaysia MCO : Nine States + Territories Extended To 4 February 2021!

On 19 January 2021, Malaysia announced the imposition of the MCO / PKP lockdown of all states and territories across the country, except for Sarawak!

They now aligned the MCO for all those states and territories to 4 February 2021, extending it for these states and federal territories :

  • Penang
  • Selangor
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Putrajaya
  • Johor
  • Melaka
  • Kelantan
  • Sabah
  • Labuan

Starting 12:01 AM on Friday, 22 January 2021, all states and territories in Malaysia will be under MCO / PKP lockdown until 4 February 2021.

 

Malaysia MCO / PKP 2.0 : What’s The SOP?

Here are the SOP for MCO / PKP in Malaysia, as released by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) in January 2021.

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

Travel

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

Food & Beverage Industry

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

Petrol Stations

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

Markets

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

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 8 PM

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 8 PM.
  • Laundromats, except self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops and clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

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

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

Sports

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

Entertainment

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

Social + Religious Activities

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

Manufacturing + Business Activities

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

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