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Fact Check : 52 New MCO SOP Rules On 4 February 2021!

Will there be 52 new and much stricter MCO SOP rules from 4 February 2021 onwards?

Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : 52 New MCO SOP Rules On 4 February 2021!

This claim of 52 new and much stricter MCO SOP rules that will kick off on 4 February 2021 has gone viral on social media.

Latest news: The government hopes that everyone will tide over the economic difficulties together in the next 6 months.

Tighten SOP M-20 from February 4

1) A car can only have one person
2) Cannot go beyond 10KM
3) Morning market 5.am-11am
4) Night markets banned
5) Cannot eat in
6) Barbershops banned
7) Only 50 people allowed in a supermarket at any one time
8) Supermarket operating hours: 8.am-8.30pm
9) Cannot cross districts or states
10) Cannot go out after 8pm
11) Not wearing mask: Rm1000 fine
12) Shop not following SOP: Rm10k fine
13) Only 5 persons allowed to enter store at a time
14) Isolation time: 14-28 days
15) Ambulance-Isolation Center: Rm80
16) Hospitalization fee: Rm110 per day
17) Disinfection Fee: Rm550 per shop
18) Electronic Isolation Bracelet charge: Rm50
19) Beauty salons banned
20) Massage parlors banned
21) Nightclubs and bars banned
22) Chinese New Year banned
23) Petrol station: 6am-8pm
24) Convenience store 7am-8pm
25) Hospital: 24 hours
26) Transport company: 6am-12pm
27) All 3-star hotels to become quarantine centers
28) 24 Highways to be closed
29) Police station: 24 hours
30) Electricity bill discount: 10-15%
31) Water bill discount: 10-25%
32) Hawker subsidy: Rm300
33) 15% discount on national land tax
34) Can withdraw RM15K Pension at one time
35) Online classes nationwide
36) Extend personal loan for 6 months
37) Extension of land tax for 1 year
38) Postpone school exams to end of June
39) Post office, express delivery: 24 hours
40) 25% discount on rent for SMEs
41) Public transport: 7am-10pm
42) Public transport can cross districts & states
43) Extend personal income tax to the end of June
44) Peninsula house tax discount 10%
45) West Malaysia electricity bill discount 10%
46) 13% discount on electricity for West Malaysia
47) Under 18 years old cannot go out after 6pm
48) 55 years old and above can get Rm30x3 months
49) Construction sector prohibited
50) Important sectors prohibited from commencement
51) Non-important sectors also prohibited from operating
52) Government Department: 7am-2pm

The above 52 items are being accurate.

 

52 New MCO SOP Rules On 4 February 2021 : Utter Nonsense!

This viral message about 52 new MCO SOP rules that will kick off on 4 February 2021 is nonsense.

That’s because some of them are part of the latest SOP! And while some of them could possibly be implemented in the future, the rest are unlikely to be come true.

This hoax is probably trying to leverage the fear of a complete economic shutdown that was sparked by the leaked Eurocham circular.

These Rules Are Already Part Of The MCO SOP

These 13 rules are already part of the latest SOP, for the MCO 2.0 lockdown that kicked off on 13 January 2021.

2) Cannot go beyond 10KM
4) Night markets banned
5) Cannot eat in
6) Barbershops banned
9) Cannot cross districts or states
11) Not wearing mask: Rm1000 fine
19) Beauty salons banned
20) Massage parlors banned
21) Nightclubs and bars banned
25) Hospital: 24 hours
29) Police station: 24 hours
35) Online classes nationwide
51) Non-important sectors also prohibited from operating

These Rules Could Possibly Be Implemented Later

These stricter rules could possibly be implemented as part of a very strict MCO lockdown :

1) A car can only have one person
3) Morning market 5.am-11am
7) Only 50 people allowed in a supermarket at any one time
8) Supermarket operating hours: 8.am-8.30pm
12) Shop not following SOP: Rm10k fine
23) Petrol station: 6am-8pm
24) Convenience store 7am-8pm
38) Postpone school exams to end of June
39) Post office, express delivery: 24 hours
41) Public transport: 7am-10pm
42) Public transport can cross districts & states
43) Extend personal income tax to the end of June
48) 55 years old and above can get Rm30x3 months
49) Construction sector prohibited
52) Government Department: 7am-2pm

These Rules Are Unlikely To Happen

These MCO rules are unlikely to happen, because…

10) Cannot go out after 8pm
47) Under 18 years old cannot go out after 6pm

– Under current MCO SOP, no one is supposed to leave the house, except to purchase food, necessities and for cycling and jogging, so these rules are nonsensical.

13) Only 5 persons allowed to enter store at a time
– It is impossible to implement a limit like that, because stores vary in size

14) Isolation time: 14-28 days
– quarantine time has been reduced to 10 days, and there is no logic to increasing it to 28 days

15) Ambulance-Isolation Center: Rm80
16) Hospitalization fee: Rm110 per day
18) Electronic Isolation Bracelet charge: Rm50
– as COVID-19 is a public health emergency, the government is unlikely to charge anyone

17) Disinfection Fee: Rm550 per shop
– the government is not in the business of sanitising shops
– sanitisation of shops have been undertaken by private companies

22) Chinese New Year banned
– you cannot ban a public holiday, but the government will likely ban public gatherings, and perhaps even family gatherings (except those from the same household).

26) Transport company: 6am-12pm
– the delivery of essential goods has never been restricted even during the first MCO, and that won’t change because people need these supplies
– limiting working hours will also not help cut down on infection rates

27) All 3-star hotels to become quarantine centers
– the government may offer 3-star hotels to serve as quarantine centres, but it cannot be mandatory
– the cost will also be significantly higher than the MAEPS quarantine centre.

28) 24 Highways to be closed
– as flow of essential goods is necessary, it would not be logical to close any highway
existing travel restrictions are good enough to prevent interstate travel

30) Electricity bill discount: 10-15%
31) Water bill discount: 10-25%
45) West Malaysia electricity bill discount 10%
46) 13% discount on electricity for West Malaysia

– It is very unlikely that the government can afford to pay for such high discounts
– the conflicting electricity bill discount for West Malaysia shows that the person is just making stuff up

32) Hawker subsidy: Rm300
– This is unlikely to happen because there’s no registry of hawkers, which makes it impossible for the government to implement such a scheme

33) 15% discount on national land tax
44) Peninsula house tax discount 10%
37) Extension of land tax for 1 year

– These are unlikely to happen because it won’t help the rakyat much, only the wealthy who own many houses

34) Can withdraw RM15K Pension at one time
– The government already allowed the withdrawal of RM10K from EPF in 2021
– It is unlikely that they will allow another withdrawal of RM15K in the same year

36) Extend personal loan for 6 months
– The banks are already offering the restructuring of personal loans into fixed rate loans, so another loan moratorium is unlikely

40) 25% discount on rent for SMEs
– How do you force private owners to give SMEs a 25% discount on their rents?

50) Important sectors prohibited from commencement
– Critical sectors involved in the production of food and essential supplies was allowed during the first MCO, and will not be prohibited, because well, they are essential.

 

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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.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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Kelantan + 3 Sarawak Areas Under MCO On 16 January 2021!

Malaysia just announced that Kelantan and three areas in Sarawak will be placed under MCO / PKP lockdown measures starting 16 January 2021!

 

Kelantan + 3 Sarawak Areas Under MCO On 16 January 2021!

On 15 January 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the MCO / PKP lockdown measures will be extended to :

  • the whole state of Kelantan
  • the Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit districts in Sarawak

The MCO / PKP restrictions will start at 12:01 AM on 16 January 2021, and end on 29 January 2021.

 

Kelantan + Sarawak MCO : What Is The SOP?

MKN did not announce any special SOP for Kelantan and Sarawak, so the January 2021 MCO SOP for Malaysia should apply.

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 8 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.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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MCO in Penang : 14 Roadblocks + 2 Road Closures!

The police are erecting 14 roadblocks and closing 2 roads across Penang island, to enforce travel restrictions during the MCO lockdown!

 

MCO / PKP in Penang : Road Closures + Roadblocks To Enforce Travel Ban

Penang came under MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 today, Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

During the MCO / PKP lockdown, interstate and inter-district travel is forbidden.

Hence, the police are setting up 14 roadblocks and closing 2 roads across Penang island, to enforce the MCO travel restrictions!

 

MCO in Penang : 14 Roadblocks + 2 Road Closures

The police will erect 14 roadblocks – 8 in the Northeast (Timur Laut) district of Penang island, and 6 in the Southwest (Barat Daya) district.

They are also closing two roads in the Southwest (Barat Daya) district.

Roadblocks In Penang Northeast (Timur Laut) District

Roadblock #1 : Road turning into the Penang Bridge (opposite the Batu Uban Sports Complex)

Roadblock #2 : Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Highway (turning into the Penang Bridge)

Roadblocks #3 and #4 : Jalan Paya Terubong (opposite Petronas)

Roadblocks #5 and #6 : Jalan Batu Ferringhi (opposite the Rasa Sayang Hotel)

Roadblocks #7 and #7 : Weld Quay

Roadblocks In Penang Southwest (Barat Daya) District

Roadblock #1 : Sungai Nibong, in front of the Caltex petrol station, towards the Bayan Baru roundabout

Roadblock #2 : Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, towards the Bayan Baru roundabout

Roadblock #3 : Jalan Batu Maung, towards the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Second Penang Bridge)

Roadblock #4 : Bukit Ayun, in front of the 2 DIV officer house.

Roadblock #5 : Jalan Tun Sardon in Anjung Indah

Road Closures In Penang Southwest (Barat Daya) District

Road Closure #1 : Left turn on the Second Penang Bridge, from Georgetown

Road Closure #2 : Turning up to the flyover of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, towards Bayan Baru / Balik Pulau

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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2021 Travel SOP For MCO / CMCO Areas In Malaysia!

Here is the SOP for travel into, out of, and through MCO and CMCO areas across Malaysia!

Make sure you apply for police permission using the forms below!

 

MCO + CMCO : Travel Restrictions Starting 13 January 2021

Areas Under MCO / PKP

Starting 13 January 2021, interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN in these eight states and territories under MCO (Movement Control Order).

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

Interdistrict / interstate travel is allowed for emergencies like natural disasters, funerals and for healthcare reasons, but require police permission.

Areas Under CMCO / PKPB

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel FORBIDDEN in these six states and territories under CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order).

  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Kelantan
  • Terengganu
  • Pahang

Interstate travel is allowed for emergencies like natural disasters, funerals and for healthcare reasons, but require police permission.

 

MCO : Travel Application Form

People who need to travel into, out of, or across MCO / PKP areas, must do this :

  1. Download this form for the MCO / PKP Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan)
  2. Print TWO (2) copies of the form, and fill in the required details.
  3. Send both copies of the completed form to the nearest police station for approval.

 

CMCO : Travel Application Form

People who need to travel into, out of, or across CMCO / PKPB areas, must do this :

  1. Download this form for the CMCO / PKPB Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat)
  2. Print TWO (2) copies of the form, and fill in the required details.
  3. Send both copies of the completed form to the nearest police station for approval.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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Warning : 7 Roads Closed In Petaling Jaya During MCO!

These seven (7) roads in Petaling Jaya will be CLOSED to enforce the travel ban during the MCO / PKP lockdown.

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Roads Closed To Enforce Travel Ban

The newly announced MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 kicks off on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 for these eight states and territories in Malaysia :

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

During the new MCO / PKP, interstate and inter-district travel is forbidden. Hence, some roads will be closed to enforce the travel ban.

 

Warning : 7 Roads Closed In Petaling Jaya During MCO!

The Petaling Jaya police shared the locations where these seven (7) roads be closed to enforce the MCO / PKP travel ban.

Update : Some of our readers reported that these roads are still open. That’s probably because the government announced that they would allow residents who are stuck in their hometowns to return by Friday, 15 January 2021.

Therefore, we believe that these roads will now be closed at 12:01 AM on Saturday, 16 January 2021.

Road Closure #1 : Jalan 5/64 in Gasing Indah

Road Closure #2 : Entry To Persiaran Mahogany in Section 9, Kota Damansara

Road Closure #3 : Persiaran Jati in Section 8, Kota Damansara

Road Closure #4 : Persiaran Sungai Buloh (TSB)

Road Closure #5 : Entrance to Damansara Toll, towards Bayu Putri, near Tropicana PKR Damansara office

Road Closure #6 : Traffic light at PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana

Road Closure #7 : LDP turn-out to Mutiara Damansara / Damansara Perdana

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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2021 MCO / CMCO / RMCO : What You Need To Know!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia just announced the imposition of MCO, CMCO and RMCO and travel restrictions across the country!

Here is what you need to know about the states and territories that are under MCO, CMCO and RMCO!

 

Movement Control Order (MCO / PKP) Areas

With daily highs in COVID-19 cases, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the imposition of the much stricter MCO / PKP lockdown of these states and territories.

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

This MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

 

Conditional MCO (CMCO / PKP-B) Areas

The Prime Minister of Malaysia also announced the imposition of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in these states and territories.

  • Kedah
  • Perak
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Kelantan
  • Terengganu
  • Pahang

This CMCO / PKPB 2.0 restrictions will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

 

Recovery MCO (RMCO / PKP-P) Areas

The Prime Minister of Malaysia also announced the imposition of RMCO / PKPP restrictions in these states and territories.

  • Sarawak
  • Perlis

This RMCO / PKPP restrictions will start from 12:01 AM on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 and tentatively end on 26 January 2021.

 

Interstate + Inter-District Travel Restrictions

Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN for all states and territories across the country.

Interdistrict travel is permitted for CMCO (PKPB) and RMCO (PKPP) areas, but FORBIDDEN for MCO (PKP) areas.

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 SOP : A Quick Summary

For a more detailed list of the new MCO (Movement Control Order) / PKP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan) 2.0 SOP, please click here.

For Conditional and Recovery MCO SOP, please check out the December 2020 versions while the latest versions are being prepared :

Those who break these rules may be subject to a maximum compound of RM1,000 per offence.

But here is a quick summary of what the Prime Minister announced earlier today :

FORBIDDEN

  • Mass social activities like weddings, conferences, parades, religious gatherings like Thaipusam, meetings, seminars, courses and group sports are FORBIDDEN.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel beyond 10 km from your household is FORBIDDEN.

ALLOWED

  • 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.
  • Eateries and hawker stalls are allowed to operate, but only for takeaway.
  • Food delivery services are allowed.
  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities, up to a distance of 10 km. However, everyone must wear face masks, maintain physical distance and practice good hand hygiene.
  • Supermarkets, health services including clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies are allowed to operate.
  • 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.
  • Kindergartens registered with MOE are allowed to continue operating.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Outdoor leisure activity is allowed, but limited to family members and only two (2) persons if jogging, and one (1) person if cycling. You should also maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from other people.

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Fact Check : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations!

Is the PDRM alert about a major operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations genuine?

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

 

Claim : PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations

This warning went out on social media today, warning about a major PDRM operation to target the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

Here is the original warning in Bahasa Malaysia, followed by our English translation below :

“PDRM ALERT”

*Operasi Besar-besaran Sempena Sambutan Ambang Tahun Baru 2021
Seluruh Negara

Tarikh: 31.12.2020
Masa: Jam 10 malam hingga jam 2 pagi
Lokasi: Seluruh Negara

Operasi ini melibatkan semua unit Ibu Pejabat Polis Negeri dan Daerah termasuk Balai-Balai Luar, antaranya seperti berikut:-
Semua Unit Kereta Peronda (MPV)
Semua Pegawai dan Anggota Trafik
Unit Rondaan Bermotosikal (URB)
Team serbuan dan tangkapan Cawangan Jenayah
Team serbuan dan Tangkapan Cawangan Narkotik
Risikan Maklumat Cawangan Khas (SB)
Team Pemantauan dan Kompoun COVID 19

AMARAN
Tidak dibenarkan sebarang Sambutan dan konvoi kenderaan.
Tidak dibenarkan sebarang perhimpunan dan pembakaran bunga api.
KECUALI yang mendapat kebenaran bertulis dari pihak PDRM setelah tapisan syarat yang ketat dikeluarkan.
Akta 342 Kawalan Penyakit-berjangkit masih berkuatkuasa.
Tumpuan dan tindakan utama operasi mencegah aktiviti Bermotosikal dan lumba haram.
Tangkapan dan pendakwaan akan dikenakan terhadap semua pelanggaran undang-undang seperti di atas.

#SayangKeluargaAnda
#SayangiRm1000
#KitaJagaKita

“PDRM ALERT”

* Massive Operation in Conjunction with the New Year Eve Celebration 2021 Across The Country

Date: 31.12.2020
Time: 10 PM to 2 AM
Location: Nationwide

This operation involves all units at the State and District Police Headquarters including External Stations, including : –
All Patrol Car Units (MPV)
All Traffic Officers and Members
Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB)
Raiding and arrest teams of the Criminal Branch
Raiding and arrest teams of the Narcotics Branch
Special Branch (SB) Intelligence
COVID-19 Monitoring and Compound Team

WARNING
No any Celebrations and convoys of vehicles are allowed.
No fireworks assembly and burning are not allowed, EXCEPT with written permission from the PDRM after a strict condition screening is issued.
Act 342 Control of Infectious Disease is still in force.
The main focus and action of operations is to prevent motorcycle and illegal racing activities.
Arrests and prosecutions will be imposed on all violations of the law as above.

 

PDRM Alert On 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations : Possibly True

We attempted to verify the warning with PDRM, but they have not replied as of 9 PM.

Therefore, we are unable to confirm if there is actually a massive operation planned. However, we believe it is “possibly true” to some extent, because…

Fact #1 : PDRM Warned About Increase Inspection + Monitoring

On 28 December 2020, PDRM issued a statement regarding the year-end holidays and the 2021 New Year celebrations.

It acknowledge that people will be travelling and visiting each other, and this would likely lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

They reminded everyone to follow the SOP strictly, and warned that PDRM will increase their inspection and monitoring to ensure that the SOP is followed.

Fact #2 : New Year Eve Celebrations Are NOT Allowed

On 28 December 2020, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Malaysian government will NOT allow mass gatherings for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

As a result, firework displays at the top New Year celebration spots like The Curve  and IPC Shopping Centre in Mutiara Damansara, Dataran Merdeka in downtown KL, and Resort World Genting in Genting Highlands, have been cancelled.

Fact #3 : PDRM Declined To Issue Any Permit For 2021 New Year Eve Celebrations

According to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, PDRM received requests for firework displays for the 2021 New Year Eve celebrations.

However, he said that PDRM decline to issue any permit for any 2021 New Year Eve celebration, including firework displays.

He also pointed out that this is in line with the 28 December 2020 announcement (Fact #2) that no mass gathering is permitted.

 

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CMCO Extended For 6 States / Territories, And Ends For 3!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced that CMCO will be extended in 6 states / territories, and will end for 3 other states / territories.

Here is the list of states and territories where CMCO is extended, and where they will end!

 

Areas Where CMCO Is Extended To 14 January 2021

With daily highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) announced another extension of the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of these states and territories.

This extended CMCO / PKPB lockdown will now end on 14 January 2021.

 

Areas Where CMCO Will End On 28 December 2020

On the other hand, the situation has improved in these areas, and their CMCO / PKPB lockdown will end on 28 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Latest December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas in Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
  • 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 12 AM.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
  • Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
  • All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • 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.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

For more details, please see Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

 

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CMCO Extended For 7 States / Territories, And Ends For 4!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced that CMCO will be extended in 7 states / territories, and will end for 4 other states / territories.

Here is the list of states and territories where CMCO is extended, and where they will end!

 

Areas Where CMCO Is Extended To 31 December 2020

With daily highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) announced another extension of the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of these states and territories.

This extended CMCO / PKPB lockdown will start at 12:01 AM on 21 December 2020 and end on 31 December 2020.

 

Areas Where CMCO Will End On 20 December 2020

On the other hand, the situation has improved in these areas, and their CMCO / PKPB lockdown will end on 20 December 2020.

  • Kulim district, Kedah
  • Changkat Jong in Perak
  • Kubang Kerian, Kota Bharu, Kusial, Tanah Merah in Kelantan
  • Kota Tinggi in Johor

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas in Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
  • 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 12 AM.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
  • Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
  • All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • 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.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

For more details, please see Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

 

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

Here is the new December 2020 SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the RMCO / PKPP restrictions in Malaysia!

For the Conditional MCO SOP, please see Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

 

Malaysia : RMCO / PKPP Restrictions Until 31 December!

As extended restrictions are significantly impacting the economy, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) decided to lift the CMCO / PKPB lockdown on less affected areas :

Except for states under CMCO / PKPB lockdown, all other areas in Malaysia are under the more lenient RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) or PKPP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan) restrictions.

The RMCO / PKPB restrictions is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.

 

Malaysia RMCO / PKPP : New December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas in Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
  • 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.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
  • Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
  • All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open as usual.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open as usual.
  • Laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate as usual.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open as normal.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

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

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • All religious activities are allowed, subject to the relevant SOPs.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • All activities are allowed as usual, subject to the Creative Sector SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • All sports and recreational activities are allowed, subject to the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other countries are forbidden.

EDUCATION

  • 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.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are allowed to operate as usual.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centres are allowed to operate as usual, subject to the SOP.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are allowed, subject to SOP.
  • Face to face meetings in offices, hotels and convention centres are allowed, with physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are allowed, subject to SOP.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the EMCO or CMCO areas (except green zones) are forbidden.
  • Overseas tourism is forbidden.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists (except from countries approved by the Minister) is forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed.

 

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Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new December 2020 SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia!

For the Recovery MCO SOP, please see RMCO / PKPP in Malaysia : New SOP for December 2020!

 

Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown Until 20 December!

With record highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council announced another extension of the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of these Peninsular Malaysia states and territories.

This extended CMCO / PKPB lockdown will start at 12:01 AM on 7 December 2020 and end on 20 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas in Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
  • Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
  • 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 12 AM.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
  • Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
  • All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
  • 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.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open from 8 AM until 12 AM.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

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

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Religious activities in mosques and suraus are allowed with limits to the number of participants, according to the state authorities
  • Religious activities in other houses of worship are allowed with limited to the number of participants, according to MKN / MOH / state or federal authorities.
  • Akad nikah ceremonies are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing, or as set by the state religious authorities.
  • Wedding registration ceremonies for non-Muslims are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open (except in green zones).
  • Live concerts or events with spectators are forbidden.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • Recording activities for music, concerts, filming, interviews, and so on are allowed both in studios and outdoors, limited to CMCO areas with limited crew and no audience, according to the SOP.
  • Live event activities are permitted without an audience, with limited crew set by MOH.
  • Busking activities in indoor locations are allowed, based on time limits and limited number of audience, as set by MOH.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • 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 and contact sports are forbidden.
  • A physical distance of 1-3 metres (static activities) or 3-5 metres (dynamic activities) must be maintained.
  • Sports facilities are limited to training activities that do not involve physical contact and cannot exceed 50% of their capacity at any one time.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other states are forbidden.
  • Training programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils can continue according to a Quarantine Based Approach.

EDUCATION

  • 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.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are forbidden, except if done individually (one to one), or in green zones.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centres are allowed to operate, with permission from the relevant ministries.
  • Students who are undergoing exams are permitted to continue taking their exams.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are forbidden (except in green zones).
  • Face to face meetings in offices, hotels and other institutions are allowed, with physical distancing and the wearing of face masks, limited to 50% of the meeting room capacity.

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are forbidden.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of EMCO or CMCO areas (except green zones) are forbidden.
  • Overseas tourism is forbidden.
  • Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists (except from countries approved by the Minister) is forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed.

 

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Nationwide Travel At Vehicle Capacity : Please Follow SOP!

The Malaysia National Security Council has decided to allow nationwide travel at vehicle capacity from 7 December 2020 onwards!

Find out what this means, and what is the SOP we need to comply with when we travel!

 

Nationwide Travel Allowed At Vehicle Capacity From 7 December 2020

Malaysia continues to record an average of about a thousand new COVID-19 cases every day, with over 74,000 COVID-19 cases so far.

However, even the lenient CMCO / PKPB lockdown is taking a toll on the economy, with an expected GDP loss of RM 300 million a day.

So, the Malaysia National Security Council decided to lift travel restrictions, and vehicle passenger limits.

  • Interstate and inter-district travel are now allowed (except in EMCO areas).
  • The existing roadblocks at state borders will be removed.
  • There is no longer the need to obtain police permission to travel.
  • Travel into and out from CMCO / PKPB areas are allowed.
  • There is no limit on the number of passengers in a vehicle, subject to its maximum capacity.

In the newly released 7 December 2020 SOP, they also lifted the prior limitation that only 3 persons per household can leave the house.

 

Nationwide Travel At Vehicle Capacity : Please Follow SOP!

While nationwide travel is now allowed at full vehicle capacity, the government is reminding everyone to comply with the SOP.

The police will be focusing on enforcing the SOP, instead of controlling interstate or inter-district travel.

So what are the key SOPs that we must comply with?

  1. Wear a face mask in public places at all times.
  2. Wear a face mask in public vehicles (not necessary in private vehicles)
  3. Practice social distancing in public places – at least 1 metre apart.
  4. Maintain good hand hygiene with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.
  5. Always log your public movements with MySejahtera or a manual logbook.

You should also do your best to avoid crowded places, especially public events.

Please remember that many of those who are infected and contagious are not symptomatic.

 

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Fact Check : CMCO / PKPB Extended To 31 December 2020?

Was the CMCO / PKPB lockdown extended until 31 December 2020 by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin?

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

 

Claim : CMCO / PKPB Extended To 31 December 2020!

The viral claim consisted of a video of Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, with the message:

CMCO extended until 31/12

In the video, the Prime Minister appeared to announce that the CMCO / PKPB lockdown would be extended until 31 December 2020.

However, he was not talking about the CMCO / PKPB lockdown… so we placed the FALSE overlay to prevent further abuse.

 

No, CMCO / PKPB Was Not Extended To 31 December 2020

The video does indeed show Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announcing the extension of the lockdown to 31 December 2020.

However, this video was recorded much earlier, on 28 August 2020, when he announced the extension of the PKPP / RCMO to 31 December 2020, not PKPB / CMCO.

You can see RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) or PKPP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan) mentioned in the screenshot below.

The Malaysian Prime Minister is expected to announce an extension of the CMCO / PKPB lockdown later this week.

But the extension is expected to be for an additional 2 weeks – from 7 December until 20 December, not until 31 December 2020.

However, nothing is certain until the official announcement is made.

This is the second fake news about a lockdown extension today, after the PKPD / EMCO extension hoax.

 

RMCO / PKPP vs CMCO / PKPB : What’s The Difference?

Recovery MCO (RMCO or PKPP) is the most lenient form of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, with greater liberalisation of the economy :

  1. Interstate travel is permitted, except to areas under Enhanced MCO (EMCO) or administrative restrictions.
  2. Barbers and hair salons are allowed to reopen, subject to SOP.
  3. Beauty parlours and nail salons are allowed to reopen, subject to SOP.
  4. Museums are allowed to reopen.
  5. Busking (indoor) and filming activities will be allowed.
  6. Meetings and workshops will be allowed.
  7. Morning / evening / night markets are allowed.
  8. Hawker stalls are allowed.
  9. Recreational fishing and commercial fisheries will be allowed.
  10. Gyms and snooker halls will be allowed.
  11. Non-contact sports like bowling, badminton, archery and shooting will be allowed.
  12. Outdoor group sports like kayaking and cycling will be allowed.
  13. Indoor sports like snooker, yoga, aerobics will be allowed.
  14. Malaysia’s borders remain closed, but local tourism will be allowed.
  15. Religious activities, like Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations, will be allowed, subject to JAKIM’s SOP
  16. Schools will be reopened in stages throughout the RMCO, based on advice from the Ministry of Education.
  17. Places of worship will be allowed to reopen, subject to SOP
  18. Normal business operating hours to resume, with social distancing, hand washingface masks.

The current Conditional MCO (CMCO or PKPB) is less lenient, limiting interstate travel only for work and business purposes only, among other limitations :

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food supplies or daily necessities.
  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • No one is allowed to enter or leave the areas under CMCO lockdown.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are forbidden.
  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the CMCO areas are forbidden.

For more details, please see Peninsular Malaysia : Official CMCO / PKPB SOP!

 

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MKN : 3 People Now Allowed In Car During CMCO / PKPB

MKN just announced that 3 people are now allowed in the same car during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown. Here is what you need to know!

 

Earlier : Only 2 People Allowed In Car During CMCO / PKPB

When the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) announced the CMCO / PKPB SOP for Peninsular Malaysia, they only allowed two people from the same household to travel in the same car.

Only TWO (2) people are allowed to leave (including inside / on a vehicle).

That limitation has led to complaints that it unfairly disadvantages single parents, and people with elderly parents.

Single parents may not be able to leave their children unattended at home, and be forced to bring them out, when they have to buy food or essentials.

Those with elderly parents may need another person to help attend to their parent whenever they send them for medical treatment, for example.

 

Now : 3 People Allowed In Car During CMCO / PKPB

In a special press conference on 13 November 2020, the MKN announced that they agreed to loosen the requirement.

They will now allow 3 people from the same household to travel in the same car during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown.

However, please note that they did NOT change the limitation on the number of people from the same household dining in restaurants / cafes / eateries.

Unless they change that limit too, only TWO (2) people per household are allowed to dine in at restaurants / cafes / eateries.

 

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Was This Driver FINED For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him?

A driver was allegedly issued a RM1K fine for letting his wife sit next to him in their car during the CMCO lockdown.

Find out what happened, and if you can really get fined for sitting side-by-side in your car!

 

Claim : This Driver Was FINED For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him!

A video of a driver being issued a fine has gone viral on WhatsApp, together with this message :

Damn stupid. Silly another case just happened in Melaka. Malim – a husband & wife kena saman bcos wife sitting at front seat next to the husband.

Police says the 2nd person (even your wife) must seat behind. Just got this news from my neighbour who just came back from malim.

People are sharing it as evidence that you can be fined for letting a passenger sit next to you in a car.

 

No, This Driver Was NOT Fined For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him!

We had earlier debunked two similar hoaxes about people getting fined for sitting side-by-side in a car :

This is yet another hoax, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Driver Was NOT Fined For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him

The man actually posted on Facebook, claiming that he was issued a summon for letting his wife use her phone :

I was just given a summon by PDRM at Jalan Dato Md Zain. I ask the officer what’s my offence and according to him “Sebelah kiri pakai hphone”.

I said that was my wife using and why issue me summon as I am not using phone. He just said go attend court. I ask for proof and he said all are there when you attend court hearing.

I refuse to sign and the office® can just sign on behalf?

Anyone encounter such issue and what can be done?

 

Fact #2 : The Driver Was Fined For Using A Phone While Driving

The Melaka state police stated that the driver was issued the ticket at about 11:08 AM on 9 November 2020, for using his phone while driving.

The driver protested that it was his wife using the phone, but the police had seen the driver using the phone with his left hand about 250 metres before the roadblock.

Because the driver refused to acknowledge the ticket, the police officer wrote ETT (Enggan Tanda Tangan / Refused To Sign) before handing the ticket to him.

The ticket lists the offence as “PANDU GUNA ALAT KOMUNIKASI” – driving while using a communications device.

Fact #3 : Two Persons Are Allowed In / On A Vehicle

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) released three regional SOPs and later an updated SOP for Peninsular Malaysia states under CMCO / PKPB lockdown :

The earlier three SOPs state clearly that two persons per household are allowed to go out together to purchase food and essentials.

The latest Peninsular Malaysia SOP explicitly says that two persons per household are allowed to travel in or on a vehicle.

Note that there is no requirement for the passenger to sit behind the driver. It would have been an absurd and pointless rule anyway, since they are from the same household.

Fact #4 : There Is No Limit On Commercial Vehicles

According to the MKN SOPs, there is no new limit on vehicles carrying goods and providing essential services, including those involved in business and industrial activities.

The number of people in such vehicles are limited to what’s allowed by the commercial vehicle licence.

For example, if a delivery van is licensed for up to 3 people, then 3 people may sit together in that delivery van.

Fact #5 : Taxis + E-hailing Vehicles Are Limited To 2 Passengers

The MKN SOPs limit taxis and e-hailing vehicles to 2 passengers.

That means a total of 3 people are allowed in a car, and two of them will definitely be sitting side by side.

So it will not be logical for the police to issue a fine for people sitting side by side in any vehicle.

Fact #6 : No Requirement For A Passenger To Sit Behind The Driver

For the police to issue a fine, it must be specifically forbidden in the CMCO / PKPB SOP for two persons to sit side by side in a vehicle.

There is no such requirement in the CMCO / PKPB SOP, so it is not possible for the police to issue such a fine.


We highly recommend that you check out our other two articles on this never-ending hoax about police issuing fines for sitting side-by-side in a car :

 

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Scan MySejahtera At Petrol Station, Or Get Fined RM1K?

CPRC says it’s not mandatory, but PDRM says you can be fined RM1,000 for failing to register MySejahtera at the petrol station!

So which is it? After flip-flopping, they finally clarified their stance… hopefully, for the LAST TIME!

 

Register MySejahtera At Petrol Station, Or Get Fined RM1K?

According to PDRM, you must register MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you do not enter the convenience store! Otherwise, you could be subject to a RM1,000 fine!

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department deputy director DCP Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed this, saying “If the people do not register or scan, how will the police trace them if there are Covid-19 cases in the area?

As petrol stations are high-traffic public spaces, it is mandatory to register your visit using MySejahtera, as well as wear a face mask have your temperature scanned, and use a hand sanitiser.

However, it appears that petrol station operators may not be aware of this requirement either, as they do not put up MySejahtera QR codes at their pumps for motorists to register their visits…

 

But Didn’t CPRC Say MySejahtera Not Necessary At Petrol Station?

This email shows the CPRC (Crisis Preparedness and Respose Centre) team saying that it is NOT necessary to register your visit using MySejahtera if you are merely refuelling at the pump or making payments.

Sadly, it appears that CPRC and PDRM are not on the same page. CPRC says it’s not necessary, but PDRM insists it is mandatory.

 

Latest MySejahtera SOP For Petrol Stations : To Scan Or Not?

On 10 November 2020, Malaysia’s Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, issued an updated SOP on the use of MySejahtera in petrol stations in this press conference.

Here is a summary of the updated MySejahtera SOP for petrol stations :

MUST Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Making payments or purchases inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the ATM machines inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
  • Using the petrol station’s toilet or surau.
  • Sending your car to the petrol station’s workshop.
  • Sending you car for a manual car wash.

DO NOT Need To Scan MySejahtera / Register Manually

  • Self-serving at the pump, and paying using their credit or debit cards or online app.
  • Paying the cashier through the pigeonhole.
  • Self-inflating your own tyres.
  • Using the auto car wash, unless you are paying inside the petrol station’s convenience store.
Situation Scan MySejahtera or
Register Manually?
Making payments inside the petrol station store YES
Making purchases from the convenience store YES
Using the toilet or surau YES
Sending car to petrol station’s workshop YES
Sending car for manual car wash YES
Self-serving at pump, and
paying with credit / debit card / mobile app
NO
Paying cashier through pigeonhole NO
Inflating tyres with air NO
Driving car through auto car wash NO

 

MySejahtera : Why Use It At Petrol Station?

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

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

Even though petrol pumps in Malaysia are generally self-served, petrol stations are high traffic public areas with pump attendants and employees, as well as other customers, who may be infected.

Registering your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station will allow the authorities to quickly and accurately perform contact tracing if any infected person was at the petrol station.

That’s why they made it mandatory to register your visit with MySejahtera at the petrol station, even if you don’t enter the convenience store.

 

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Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown SOP!

Here is the official MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia : CMCO / PKPB Lockdown Until 6 December!

With record highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council announced a 4-week CMCO / PKPB lockdown of KL, Putrajaya, and all states in Peninsular Malaysia, except for Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan.

  • North : Kedah, Penang, Perak
  • East : Terengganu
  • Central : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya
  • South : Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor

This expansive CMCO / PKPB lockdown will start at 12:01 AM on 9 November 2020 and end on 6 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia : Official CMCO / PKPB SOP!

Here is the confirmed MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to purchase food supplies or daily necessities.
  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to dine-in at any restaurant / cafe.
  • High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • No one is allowed to enter or leave the areas under CMCO lockdown.
  • Interstate travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • Emergency cases and accidents requiring medical treatment are allowed to travel without police permission.
  • Those with medical appointments are allowed to travel, by showing the referral letter or appointment card.
  • Funerals outside of CMCO areas are allowed, with police permission.
  • Workers will need a valid work pass or letter of permission from their employers to get past state and district roadblocks.
  • Employers must let their employees work from home, unless they are essential to business continuity.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before they head to the airport.
  • Residents of CMCO areas are allowed to return from outstation, with the permission of the police.
  • Travel through the CMCO areas to non-CMCO areas are allowed, with permission from the nearest police station.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • 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.
  • Dine-in is allowed but limited to 2 persons per small table or 4 persons per large table, but must follow the Food Sector SOP. There should be 1 meter distance between every person.
    Only in Selangor : 5 persons per large table meant for 10 people.
    * Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced the change on 16 October 2020.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • Daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 12 AM until 5 PM.
  • Farmer’s markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 PM.
  • Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Public buses, express buses, MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, taxi and e-hailing services are allowed to operate.
  • 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.
  • All transportation and delivery vehicles involved in industry, business, and manufacturing are allowed to continue as normal, including cross-district and cross-state travel.

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HEALTHCARE

  • Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
  • Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open from 8 AM until 11 PM.

FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES

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

PORTS + AIRPORTS

  • All ports and airport services are allowed to operate.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air must obtain prior permission from the police before heading to the airport.

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

  • Religious activities in mosques and suraus are allowed with limits to the number of participants, according to the state authorities
  • Religious activities in other houses of worship are allowed with limited to the number of participants, according to MKN / MOH / state or federal authorities.
  • Akad nikah ceremonies are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing, or as set by the state religious authorities.
  • Wedding registration ceremonies for non-Muslims are allowed with a maximum limit of 30 people, based on the area and physical distancing.

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are forbidden to open.

CREATIVE INDUSTRY

  • Recording activities for music, concerts, filming, interviews, and so on are allowed both in studios and outdoors, limited to CMCO areas with limited crew and no audience, according to the SOP.
  • Live event activities are permitted without an audience, with limited crew set by MOH.
  • Busking activities in indoor locations are allowed, based on time limits and limited number of audience, as set by MOH.
  • All other activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, based on the existing SOP.

SPORTS + RECREATION

  • 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.
  • Certain commercial sports facilities – gyms, football fields, futsal courts, badminton halls – are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM, starting 19 October 2020.
  • Commercial field and futsal facilities are limited to training activities that do not involve physical contact and limited to up to 10 people at any one time.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other states are forbidden.
  • Training programs by the National Sports Council and state sports councils can continue according to a Quarantine Based Approach.

EDUCATION

  • 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.
  • Only nurseries and childcare centres with permission to remain open for frontliners and working parents can remain open.
  • Students who are undergoing exams are permitted to continue taking their exams.

SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES

  • All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are forbidden.
  • Face to face meetings are discouraged, and should be held through video conferencing, with these exceptions :
    – face-to-face meetings involving expatriate and C Suite with physical distancing and face masks
    – internal meetings according to JPA circulars and MITI guidelines

CELEBRATIONS

  • Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are forbidden.

TOURISM

  • All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the CMCO areas are forbidden.
  • Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
  • Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
  • Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed. Dine-in is limited to 2 persons per table. Room service, take-aways and food delivery are encouraged.
  • Swimming pool, gym, seminar rooms, halls are not allowed to operate.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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Interstate Travel SOP For CMCO Areas In Peninsular Malaysia

Here is the interstate travel SOP for those who need to travel into, out of, or through CMCO areas in Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel SOP

The Royal Malaysia Police recently issued the SOP for cross-state travel during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown in KL, Selangor and Putrajaya.

As announced by the Senior Minister (Security) and Defence Minister, Dato Sri Ismail Yaakob, there are FOUR (4) categories of travellers that will be permitted to undertake interstate travel.

  1. Residents of CMCO areas who need to travel to other states for emergency reasons (medical treatments and funerals) only
  2. Travellers who need to cross the CMCO areas for emergency reasons.
  3. Outstation travellers who wish to enter the CMCO areas for emergency reasons.
  4. Individuals who wish to access air transportation at KLIA, KLIA 2 and Subang Airport.

Travellers in those four categories need to fill in this form for the CMCO / PKPB Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat) :

After filling the form, travellers must submit it to the nearest police station for their approval, BEFORE they begin their journey.

Please note that ONLY TWO PERSONS are allowed to travel together.

Workers are allowed to cross into other districts or states, as long as they have a work pass or permission letter from their employer.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel Examples

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) listed two examples of permitted cross-state travel :

Category 2

An individual from Johor travelling to Penang wishes to cross Selangor for emergency reasons. He/she must fill in the form and send it to the nearest police station in Johor for approval, before making the journey.

Category 3

An individual from Melaka would like to enter Putrajaya for emergency reasons. He/she must fill in the form and send it to the nearest police station in Melaka for approval, before making the journey.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel FAQ

Who Needs A Travel Permit?

Only those who need to enter, exit or pass through Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya for emergency reasons must obtain a CMCO / PKPB travel permit.

Workers who need to enter or exit Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya for work reasons do NOT need to fill in the form. They only need to show their work pass / permission letter from their employers.

How Many People Can Travel Together?

Under this CMCO / PKPB travel permit, a maximum of two persons can travel together.

What If You Don’t Forgot The Permit?

If you forgot to obtain a permit prior to your travel, or forgot to take it with you, you can stop by a nearby police station to fill in a new form and obtain approval before crossing the CMCO / PKPB roadblocks.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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CMCO Roadblocks At Three PJ Highway Tolls In Effect!

The Petaling Jaya Police just set up CMCO roadblocks at three highway tolls in Petaling Jaya, to enforce the CMCO / PKPB lockdown SOP.

 

CMCO Roadblocks At Three PJ Highway Tolls In Effect!

On 21 October 2020, Petaling Jaya Police Chief ACP Nik Ezanee bin Mohd Faisal announced that the Petaling Jaya police has taken the initiative to set up CMCO roadblocks at these three highway tolls :

  • NKVE Highway : Subang Toll
  • PLUS Highway : Sungai Buloh Toll
  • PLUS Highway : Damansara Toll

The CMCO roadblocks are on both sides of the tolls, to check on people entering and leaving Petaling Jaya.

 

Why Setup These CMCO Roadblocks In Petaling Jaya?

The purpose of these CMCO roadblocks, according to ACP Nik Ezanee is to i:

He called for the public to slow down while approaching and passing through these CMCO roadblocks, to protect the safety of their frontliners and other drivers.

He also reminded everyone to comply with the number of people inside their vehicles, and to stay at home unless it is necessary for them to go out.

As a reminder, here are the current travel SOP for CMCO / PKPB lockdown.

  • Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to purchase daily necessities.
  • People at high risk and children are not encouraged to go out.
  • No one is allowed to enter or leave the areas under CMCO lockdown.
  • Cross-district travel is forbidden, except for work, economic or industrial purposes.
  • Cross-district travel for emergencies (sickness and funeral) requires advanced notice to the police.
  • Workers will need a valid work pass or letter of permission from their employers to get past state and district roadblocks.
  • Employers are encouraged to let their employees work from home.
    In Red Zones : management and administrative staff in public and private sectors are ordered to work from home, starting 22 October 2020.
    * Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced this change on 20 October 2020.
  • Travellers from other states who need to pass through Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to other states should obtain prior permission from the nearest police station.
  • Individuals who intend to travel by air through KLIA, KLIA2 and Subang Airport must obtain prior permission from the police.
  • Residents of KL, Selangor and Putrajaya are allowed to return from outstation, with the permission of the police.

For more information, please read CMCO / PKPB SOP for KL, Selangor, Putrajaya, which will be updated from time to time.

For those who plan to travel outstation, here is the Cross-State Travel SOP and application form to get past the CMCO roadblocks at state lines.

NOTE : There is NO NEED for the passenger to sit behind the driver. Passengers will NOT GET FINED for sitting next to the driver.

 

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INTERPOL : Alarming Rate Of COVID-19 Cyberattacks!

According to INTERPOL, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting cyberattacks at an alarming pace.

Learn more about their key findings, and what they are projecting will happen in the near future!

 

COVID-19 Pandemic : New Opportunities For Cyberattacks!

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisations and businesses to rapidly deploy remote work systems and networks to support staff working from home

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of these new COVID-19 work-from-home normals, targeting staff of major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure to steal data and generate profits.

Online Scams + Phishing

 Threat actors have revised their usual online scams and phishing schemes. By deploying COVID-19 themed phishing emails, often impersonating government and health authorities, cybercriminals entice victims into providing their personal data and downloading malicious content.

Around two-thirds of member countries which responded to the global cybercrime survey reported a significant use of COVID-19 themes for phishing and online fraud since the outbreak.

Ransomware + DDoS

Cybercriminals are increasingly using disruptive malware against critical infrastructure and healthcare institutions, due to the potential for high impact and financial benefit.

In the first two weeks of April 2020, there was a spike in ransomware attacks by multiple threat groups which had been relatively dormant for the past few months.

Law enforcement investigations show the majority of attackers estimated quite accurately the maximum amount of ransom they could demand from targeted organisations.

Data Harvesting Malware

Taking advantage of the increased demand for medical supplies and information on COVID-19, there has been a significant increase of cybercriminals registering domain names containing keywords, such as “coronavirus” or “COVID”. These fraudulent websites underpin a wide variety of malicious activities including C2 servers, malware deployment and phishing.

From February to March 2020, a 569 per cent growth in malicious registrations, including malware and phishing and a 788 per cent growth in high-risk registrations were detected and reported to INTERPOL by a private sector partner.

Misinformation

An increasing amount of misinformation and fake news is spreading rapidly among the public. Unverified information, inadequately understood threats, and conspiracy theories have contributed to anxiety in communities and in some cases facilitated the execution of cyberattacks.

Nearly 30 per cent of countries which responded to the global cybercrime survey confirmed the circulation of false information related to COVID-19. Within a one-month period, one country reported 290 postings with the majority containing concealed malware. There are also reports of misinformation being linked to the illegal trade of fraudulent medical commodities.

Other cases of misinformation involved scams via mobile text-messages containing ‘too good to be true’ offers such as free food, special benefits, or large discounts in supermarkets. 

 

INTERPOL : Projection Of Future COVID-19 Cyberattacks

Here are INTERPOL’s projection of future COVID-19 cyberattacks :

  • A further increase in cybercrime is highly likely in the near future. Vulnerabilities related to working from home and the potential for increased financial benefit will see cybercriminals continue to ramp up their activities and develop more advanced and sophisticated modi operandi.
  • Threat actors are likely to continue proliferating coronavirus-themed online scams and phishing campaigns to leverage public concern about the pandemic.
  • Business Email Compromise schemes will also likely surge due to the economic downturn and shift in the business landscape, generating new opportunities for criminal activities.
  • When a COVID-19 vaccination is available, it is highly probable that there will be another spike in phishing related to these medical products as well as network intrusion and cyberattacks to steal data.

 

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Fact Check : New Malaysia Face Mask SOP For Driving + Eating Out?

Is the new face mask and social distancing SOP for Malaysia that’s been circulating on social media true?

Find out what people are sharing about the new face mask and social distancing SOPs, and what the FACTS really are!

 

New Malaysia Face Mask SOP For Driving + Eating Out?

This is the message that’s gone viral on social media – a summary of new face mask and social distancing requirements for driving and eating out at cafes and restaurants…

SOP For Travelling wef 1 Aug 2020

MCO Query Phone +60388882010

Called the above number to seek clarification on the mandatory mask requirement for in-car travel.
Call the above number for any MCO related info.

Please take note.

Transport/Driving

1) If you are driving alone or with others in the car must be from same household, with MyKad showing all having same house address, then there is no need to wear face mask. And maximum load of 5 persons only.

2) But if more than one person in the car is from different households, all MUST wear face masks.

3) It is also required to practice social distancing in the car. If small cars like Perodua Axia, the passenger must be seated behind. Only 2 in a car.

For bigger vehicles like sedan, MPV/SUV, if seats are more than 3 feet wide, you can be seated next to each other with one empty seat in between (back row).

4) For public transports like buses, LRT, MRT, trains, Masks are compulsory.

At eateries/cafes/restaurants

1) Social distancing must be adhered
Minimum 1 metre apart.
Small table – 2 persons
Large table – 4 persons

2) Register your particulars.
Body temperature
Name in full
Handphone number.

3) Face mask – keep your mask on while:-
waiting for food or drink
talking
using your handphone
reading newspaper
put your mask on immediately after eating & drinking (you can only take off your mask while eating or drinking).
Don’t pull down your mask to your chin.
Don’t hang it on one ear.
Don’t place it on the table.
Put it inside a bag or your pocket.
Leave as soon as you have finished eating and drinking. Don’t use the eatery as a venue for socializing at this time.

 

New Malaysia Face Mask SOP For Driving + Eating Out : BULLSHIT

Here is a short and sweet rebuttal of the viral message that people have been sharing like crazy today – it’s BULLSHIT.

Everyone’s worried because 1 August 2020 is the first day of the new mandatory requirement to wear face masks in public in Malaysia. Failure to do so will incur a fine of RM 1,000 per person.

Here are the facts why this is yet another fake post on social media :

Fact #1 : Face Masks Only Compulsory In Public Transportation + Public Spaces

On 23 July 2020, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the face mask will be mandatory in these public spaces starting 1 August 2020.

  • Inside public transportation
  • Crowded public spaces
  • Areas where social distancing is impossible

Those who flout the mandatory face mask rule will be subject to a fine of up to RM 1,000. There is no requirement to wear face masks in personal vehicles in Malaysia, as we pointed out earlier.

Fact #2 : Checks Are Not Based On MyKad Addresses

Malaysian MyKad addresses are not used to verify if people in a private vehicle are from the same family or living together. That’s because they are often not up to date.

A husband and wife, or housemates, will often have different addresses, as there is no requirement to change or update addresses even if one is married, or move to a different address.

It is really illogical to use MyKad addresses to determine if people are from the same family, or living together. That’s why the police won’t ask to see the address on your MyKad.

In fact, there is no requirement to wear a face mask in your own car in Malaysia, so the police won’t even stop you!

Fact #3 : Social Distancing Is Not Required In Private Vehicles

There is no requirement to perform social distancing in vehicles. Not even in taxis and e-hailing vehicles.

In the Malaysia Transportation Ministry SOP issued on 23 June 2020, social distancing isn’t required in taxis and e-hailing vehicles, as long as they are from the same family.

Both driver and passengers are protected by the requirement for everyone to wear a face mask inside taxis and e-hailing vehicles in Malaysia.

Fact #4 : MCMC Confirmed The Post As Fake

MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) issued not one, but two notices, to confirm that the SOPs for wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing in vehicles are FALSE.

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Fact Check : Wear Face Mask In Car Or Get FINED RM1,000?

Is the police on a rampage targeting car drivers who do not wear a face mask while driving, fining them RM1,000 if caught?!

Find out what’s the viral warning that got people so angry on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2020-07-29 : Added face mask requirements for taxis, e-hailing vehicles, and school buses / vans.

Originally posted @ 2020-07-27

 

Claim : Wear A Face Mask In Car Or Get Fined RM1,000!

This startling warning went viral on social media, claiming that the Malaysian police are on a rampage, issuing RM1,000 fines to car drivers who do not wear a face mask while driving!

Everyone be very careful as Police are now on the rampage concerning Face Mask.

My friend together with another passenger just got stopped by a group of young Police guys (3 of them) and were issued with summons of RM 1,000 each because the Police say that if you were travelling alone you can be in the car without mask but if more then 1 person everyone in the car MUST wear mask at all times!

 

No, You Won’t Get Fined For Not Wearing A Face Mask In Your Car

This is yet another Internet hoax… for now.

The Malaysia government could, in the future, institute such a requirement, but at the moment – this is NOT TRUE.

That’s why we intentionally placed a HOAX overlay to the screenshot above, to avoid it from being further shared.

Fact #1 : Compulsory Wearing Of Face Mask Only Starts In August!

On 23 July 2020, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the face mask will be mandatory in these public spaces starting 1 August 2020.

  • Inside public transportation
  • Crowded public spaces
  • Areas where social distancing is impossible

Those who flout the mandatory face mask rule will be subject to a fine of up to RM 1,000.

However, this new requirement doesn’t start until August, so claims that the police are issuing fines for not wearing a face mask right now are FALSE.

Fact #2 : No Requirement To Wear A Face Mask In Your Own Car

While we will soon be required to wear a face mask in public spaces, there is NO REQUIREMENT to wear a face mask in your own car.

You are only required to wear a face mask inside public transportation, not your own car.

Fact #3 : No Report Of Anyone Getting Fined For Not Wearing Face Masks In Car

The Malaysian police have been actively warning people against breaking the government’s COVID-19 preventive measures.

They even made public massive fines for those who violate the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.

Yet there has been no report of the police issuing fines for not wearing a face mask inside a car.

Neither would there be such fines because face masks are not yet mandatory, not until August 2020.

Fact #4 : Face Masks Are Required In School Buses / Vans

As per the Malaysia Transportation Ministry SOP issued on 9 July 2020, face masks are mandatory in school buses and vans.

Both the driver, as well as the students, must wear face masks while they are in the school bus / van.

Fact #5 : Face Masks Are Required In Taxis & E-Hailing Vehicles

As per the Malaysia Transportation Ministry SOP issued on 23 June 2020, face masks are mandatory in taxis and e-hailing vehicles.

Both the driver, as well as passengers, must wear face masks while they are in the taxi or e-hailing vehicle.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Please watch out for scammers who are pretending to be from SPRM calling you about company taxes!

Find out how they are trying to scam people, and WARN YOUR FAMILY + FRIENDS!

 

Scam Alert : Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes!

Alvin was almost scammed when he received a call from a scammer pretending to be a SPRM officer :

I receive the call from this number. There was an automated message with a female voice stating that the call was from SPRM. It repeated twice, and then the call was directed to a male.

The male spoke professionally in Malay. And he claims that he is calling from SPRM. Then he didn’t mention about my name and ask is this number – 017-xxxx-xxxx my current mobile number?

When I answered yes, he said my number was registered under a company name called xxxx (PP trading Sdn Bhd I think) then he said he received a complaint.

But before he went deeper into the details he asked me to verify myself. I said why should I? I told him that if he is from government, he should have my IC number.

But out of curiosity, I gave my IC number to find out what he’s planning. He mentioned my name, “Alvin”, and he said that my company registered in Kelantan had some issues with income tax. I knew it was a scam call, and cut the call and blocked the number.

Fortunately, Alvin does not own any company, which helped him realise it was just a scam call.

But many people do, and have been, scammed by such calls, especially from government authorities like the police, SPRM or the courts.

Pretending to be someone working for the authorities makes it easier for scammers to cheat you, if you believe you might be in trouble.

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Why This SPRM Call Is Fake : The Facts

Now, there will always be people who will question us – how do you know it’s fake? Are you working for SPRM?

To these geniuses, you don’t have to work for SPRM to know that this is a scam call. And here’s why…

Fact #1 : SPRM Don’t Deal With Tax Issues

First of all, the SPRM (Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia) is the Malaysian anti-corruption agency. They will NOT call you up about tax matters involving your company.

If you or your company has tax issues, they will be handled by LHDN (Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri) – the Malaysian internal revenue board.

Fact #2 : SPRM Won’t Call You

If the SPRM has a need to obtain your company information, they will issue you an official letter detailing the documents they need.

They won’t call you on the telephone, and definitely not on your mobile number.

Fact #3 : SPRM Warned About These Scam Calls

SPRM itself issued this warning about such scam calls back on 4 June 2018 :

SURUHANJAYA Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menasihatkan orang ramai agar berhati-hati dan tidak terpedaya sekiranya menerima panggilan telefon meragukan mendakwa daripada SPRM yang meminta beberapa maklumat peribadi termasuk butiran-butiran sulit kerana dikhuatiri ia panggilan palsu.

Ini susulan banyak aduan diterima SPRM daripada mangsa yang terpedaya dengan panggilan palsu berkenaan kebelakangan ini.

Sehubungan itu, orang ramai yang menerima panggilan meragukan ini, dinasihatkan agar terlebih dahulu mendapatkan pengesahan daripada mana-mana pejabat SPRM terdekat menerusi talian dan alamat yang dipaparkan di portal rasmi www.sprm.gov.my.

SPRM juga akan membuat laporan polis serta berharap Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) akan menyiasat panggilan palsu ini yang telah menjejaskan nama dan reputasi SPRM.

SURUHANJAYA PENCEGAHAN RASUAH MALAYSIA
PUTRAJAYA
4 JUN 2018

 

Fake SPRM Call About Company Taxes : What Should You Do?

If you receive such scam calls, whether they are from SPRM or the courts, here is what you can do :

  • hang up
  • give the scammer a piece of your mind
  • record the call and post it online to expose them
  • lodge a complaint with SPRM and the police
  • if you have free time, play along to waste their time and prevent them from scamming others

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you ever fall for this scam. Whatever you choose to do, do NOT believe for a second that you are in any trouble.

Do not give them any information about your company, bank account, etc. Certainly do not entertain any requests to transfer your money, or pay them a bribe to “solve the problem”.

And yes, please SHARE this article with your family and friends, to make sure they don’t get scammed!

 

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Fact Check : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Did Black Lives Matter protestors deface the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial?

Find out if the Lincoln Memorial was really vandalised, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Black Lives Matter protestors are being accused of defacing the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, and here is the picture to prove it!

This picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue spray painted with graffiti has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, etc. as evidence of the Black Lives Matter movement’s complete lack of respect for sacred American monuments.

The graffiti had messages like Black + Brown Lives Matter, #BLM, Justice, The Real Martyrs, George Floyd.

 

Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors : The Facts

Fact #1 : The Picture Is Fake

The picture is fake, and was edited by mapping graffiti over a picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue.

The creator did a poor job of it, lopping off the left side of the head. If that was intentionally meant to look like protestors did it, it was done badly.

The graffiti also looked odd, because he/she was mapping a 2D image over what’s really a 3D object.

Fact #2 : The Lincoln Memorial Was Protected By The National Guard

It would also be quite a feat for the BLM protestors to vandalise the Abraham Lincoln statue itself, since the DC National Guard was deployed to protect it.

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Fact #3 : An Outer Column Was Slightly Spray-Painted

One of the outer columns at the Lincoln Memorial had Yall Not Tired Yet? spray-painted in black on the night of 30 May 2020.

However, there is no way to know whether BLM protestors or anti-protestors was responsible. The message is ambiguous.

Photo Credit : Carolyn Kaster, early Sunday May 31, 2020

Further down, the National World War II Memorial was vandalised, this time with a clearer meaning – Do Black Vets Count?

Fact #4 : National Mall and Memorial Parks Confirmed The Limited Damage

National Mall and Memorial Parks confirmed both graffitis and cleaned them up by 4 June 2020.

Fact #5 : The Lincoln Memorial Had Been Vandalised In The Past

Frankly speaking, this isn’t the first time the Lincoln Memorial was vandalised or defaced. In fact, someone actually sprayed green paint on the Abraham Lincoln statue in 2013!

In 2017, explicit graffiti was spray-painted on an inner column in the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Disinformation Campaigns

This fake picture is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd / BLM protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of disinformation campaigns.

 

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Fact Check : White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI!

A video showing white Minnesota police officers arresting a black man, only to discover that he’s really an FBI agent, has gone viral!

Take a look at the shocking video, and find out what the facts REALLY are…

 

White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI!

People are sharing the shocking video of Minnesota police officers – all white – arresting a black man.

Many claimed that it happened last night, and that the police officers only backed off after they discovered that he was actually an FBI agent!

 

White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI : The Facts!

While the video is genuine, the stories are completely untrue. Watch the video and our debunking! We will share the facts directly under the video.

Fact #1 : The Man Was Not An FBI Agent

If you watch the video carefully, you will note that the man never once identified himself as an FBI agent.

One of his friends also clarified that he was not an FBI agent, but a paramedic EMT.

Fact #2 : The Incident Happened One Year Ago

The incident involving Atter happened almost exactly a year ago – on 1 June 2019 at 1 AM.

The Rochester police officers thought he looked like someone with a warrant, and released him after they checked his ID and confirmed he wasn’t the person they were looking for.

The City of Rochester issued an official press release confirming this, as well as the fact that Atter was not an FBI agent.

Fact #3 : The OP Never Made Those Claims

The person (@thisisnike1) who released this video on Instagram, specifically did not claim that Atter was an FBI agent, and said that the video was over a year old :

“‪Somethin’ been telling me to hold on to this video over a year now, ok.”

This misleading use of a genuine video follows a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of some disinformation campaign.

 

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GrabPay Scam : Don’t Link Your Debit Card / Bank Account!

Beware of a new GrabPay scam that can quickly suck your debit cards and bank account dry!

Don’t link your debit card or bank account with GrabPay, and SHARE this warning with your family and friends!

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Don’t Link Your Bank Account!

On 16 May 2020, Muhammad Syahir recounted how he was cheated of almost RM 900 through a GrayPay scam. Here is a brief summary of what happened :

  • The scammer created a new Instagram account, pretending to be the victim’s friend.
  • He messaged the victim asking for his phone number.
  • After receiving the victim’s phone number, he messaged him through Instagram to tell him about the GrabPay 8th Anniversary Campaign.
  • The victim was asked to look out for a GrabPay code, which would reveal what he won.

  • After sending the GrabPay code (not a TAC code) to the scammer, the victim saw RM 425 being debited into his GrabPay account. Unbeknownst to him, that money was from his own bank account!
  • A few minutes later, the victim received a notification that the RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • The scammer messaged him again on Instagram, asking for a second code that was sent to the victim.
  • The victim then received another notification from GrabPay stating that another RM 425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN. BHD.
  • After that, the scammer blocked the victim on Instagram. That was when the victim got suspicious.
  • When the victim checked his bank account, he discovered that he lost RM 896.30 to the scammer.
  • In total, the scammer made 5 withdrawals through GrabPay – four from his debit card, and one from his bank account.

Another person – Patrick Saw – also fell for the same GrabPay scam, losing RM 405.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : GrabPay Flaws?

Muhammad Syahir highlighted what he felt were major flaws with GrabPay :

  1. GrabPay allows credit / debit card transactions without CVV verification or OTP from the bank.
  2. GrabPay will not notify you about any first-time login attempt of a different gadget in a different location.
  3. GrabPay does not require users to set-up a secured PIN for any big transactions – e.g. more than RM100.
  4. If your bank account is linked to your GrabPay e-wallet, there won’t be any SMS notification for bank transfers to your e-wallet.

According to his experience, the scammer only needed to use the Grab Activation Code to withdraw money from all bank accounts / debit cards linked to your GrabPay app.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : How To Avoid It?

To avoid falling prey to such a scam, here is what you should do :

  • NEVER accept a friendship request from a new social media account, until you have verified with your friend (through a phone call or face-to-face) that he/she created that new account.
  • NEVER send any code you receive to anyone. Even if it is a friend, why does he/she need the code that was sent to YOU?
  • Businesses will never give away free money for anniversaries. Don’t fall for such an old trick!
  • NEVER link your debit card or bank account to an e-wallet. Only link a credit card, because they are insured and protected against fraud. If you get scammed, you can call the bank to ask for a refund.

 

GrabPay Scam Alert : Original Post + Police Report

Here was what Muhammad Syahir posted earlier, together with his police report :

SCAM ALERT VIA GRAB PAY!
It happened to me last night and I have lost almost RM1K in a few minutes via Grab Pay.

The incident happened when one of my close friends re-created a new Instagram account and requested to follow me. He messaged me and asked for my phone number via Instagram message. Without any doubt, I gave him my phone number, knowing that he probably has lost my phone number.

He posted a few photos to his newly-created Instagram account so it does not look like a phishing account.

After that, he sent another message to me about GrabPay 8th year special campaign. He was telling me that I will send a message with a code to your phone and please let me know the code and I will see what you have won.

Grab Activation Code was sent to my phone number. It was an activation code not TAC code. I gave the activation code to him without any doubt because I know that he is my friend. Also, I was thinking of this is just an activation code, it has nothing to do with my bank accounts.

The tricks started here. I saw RM425 was debited to my GrabPay account and I did not know that it was from my bank account which was linked to the GrabPay account. After a few minutes, I received a new notification from the GrabPay that RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

The scammer then messaged me again on Instagram. Another activation code was sent to your phone, please let me know the code. Then, I have received another notification from GrabPay that another RM425 was paid to UNIPIN (M) SDN BHD.

When I was about to reply him a message, he blocked me up. That was the time that I know something fishy has happened. When I checked my Maybank2u, I have lost a total amount of RM896.30 from my bank account. The scammer has cleared all the money in my bank account and left RM60 balance to my GrabPay.

The scammer did a total of 5 transactions as you can see from my GrabPay activity picture below. 4 transactions were made directly via debit card which is linked to my GrabPay account and 1 transaction was made via Maybank2u. The scammer even managed to access my Maybank2u account from the GrabPay account.

It happened to me in a blink of an eye where you were blinded by this scammer who cat fished your close friend to do this scam.

On top of that, let me highlight the flaws of the GrabPay app:

1) Grab allows credit/debit card transaction without the bank’s authorization OTP and also the CVV verification.
2) Grab does not notify the user via email for any first-time login attempts of different gadgets in different location.
3) Upon registering this app for the past few years, Grab did not put a clause for the users to mandatorily set up their secured pin for any big transactions that are more than RM100.
4) Your bank account that is linked to your GrabPay will not notify you via sms for any debit transaction from the bank to the GrabPay.

*The scammer just need the Grab Activation Code and he can take all the money from your linked bank accounts on the Grab app. Such a flaw app!

Please be aware of this scam and help me to share this news. I have also tag a person who has faced the same case last week. You may also check on his Facebook profile. Patrick Saw has lost RM405 from the scammer who has approached him the same way as mine.

 

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Cyber Crime WhatsApp Warning Hoax Debunked!

The Cyber Crime hoax on WhatsApp is circulating, warning people that they are being monitored by the government.

Well, not to worry – unless you are living in China – this is yet another Internet hoax. Here is why we know that…

 

The Cyber Crime WhatsApp Warning Hoax

This is the Cyber Crime warning hoax that has been circulating on WhatsApp :

From tomorrow onwards there are new communication regulations.

All calls are recorded

All phone call recordings saved

WhatsApp is monitored

Twitter is monitored

Facebook is monitored

All social media and forums are monitored

Inform those who do not know.

Your devices are connected to ministry systems.

Take care not to send unnecessary messages

Inform your children, Relatives and friends about this to take care

​​Don’t forward any posts or videos etc., you receive regarding politics/present situation about Government/PM etc.​​

Police have put out a notification termed ..Cyber Crime … and action will be taken…just don’t delete …

Inform your friends & others too.

Writing or forwarding any msg on any political & religious debate is an offence now….arrest without warrant…

This is very serious, plz let it be known to all our groups and individual members as group admin can b in deep trouble.

Take care not to send unnecessary messages.
Inform everyone about this to take care.

Please share it; it’s very much true. Groups please be careful.

Note that it’s generic enough that it can apply to almost any government in the world.

 

The Cyber Crime WhatsApp Warning Hoax Debunked!

And here is why this is nothing more than yet another Internet hoax :

Only China Is Capable Of Doing This

The only country that has accomplished most of what was shared above is China, but it took them decades to erect the Great Firewall of China.

It’s not just the massive infrastructure that needs to be created, it also requires legislation to be enacted, and considerable manpower and resources to maintain such a system.

That’s why China is leaning heavily on AI and cloud computing capabilities to automatically and quickly censor information deemed “sensitive”.

However, no other country has come close to spending the money and resources on a similar scale, although Cuba, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Belarus have imported some surveillance technology from China.

WhatsApp, Instagram + Facebook Messenger Have End-to-End Encryption

All three Facebook-owned apps are now running on the same common platform, which provides end-to-end encryption.

End-to-end encryption protects messages as they travel through the Internet, and specifically prevents anyone (bad guys or your friendly government censor) from snooping into your conversation.

That is also why all three are banned in China…

The Police Cannot Enact Laws

There are cybercrime laws in most, if not every, country in the world. But they are all enacted by legislative bodies of some sort, not the police.

The police is the executive arm in a country, empowered to enforce the law. They do not have the power to create a law, and then act on it.

Even The Government Has Debunked It!

Just in case you are still not convinced, even the Malaysian government issued a fact check on this hoax, debunking it as fake news :

Basically, it states “The Ministry of Home Affairs has NEVER recorded telephone calls or monitored social media in this country“.

 

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Operation Goldfish Alpha : INTERPOL Tackles Cryptojacking!

INTERPOL just announced that their Operation Goldfish Alpha has greatly reduced cryptojacking in Southeast Asia.

Find out how INTERPOL and their partner countries cracked down on cryptojacking through Operation Goldfish Alpha!

 

Cryptojacking : What Is It?

Cryptojacking is a new way for cybercriminals to hijack our computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency.

Cryptojackers snare their victims by getting them to unwittingly install a malware in their computers. This can happen by tricking the victim into clicking on malicious links, or visiting infected websites.

Once installed, the malware gives them access to the computer or other Internet-connected devices. They can then install programmes called “coin miners” to hijack the processing power of infected devices to mine cryptocurrency.

 

Operation Goldfish Alpha : How INTERPOL Tackled Cryptojacking

Earlier last year, INTERPOL identified a global cryptojacking operation based on a vulnerability in MikroTik routers. The intelligence was disseminated to the affected countries.

INTERPOL’s ASEAN Cyber Capability Desk took it one step further, launching Operation Goldfish Alpha in June 2019.

They identified more than 20,000 hacked routers in the ASEAN region, which accounted for 18% of the infected global total.

Over five months, cybercrime investigators and experts from Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) from across 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) worked together to :

  • locate the infected routers and alert the victims,
  • patch the infected devices, so they are no longer under the cryptojacker’s control

When Operation Goldfish Alpha concluded in late November 2019, they successfully reduced the number of infected devices by 78%. But while the operation has come to an end, efforts to clean the remaining infected devices continue.

Operation Goldfish Alpha also served to increase awareness of cryptojacking, how to identify it and how to mitigate the threat.

 

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