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Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 20 July 2021 Edition!

Malaysia National Recovery Plan : 20 July 2021 Edition!

Here are the latest updates on the Malaysia National Recovery Plan, that MKN announced!

Updated @ 2021-07-20 : Added new Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.

Updated @ 2021-07-09 : Added new Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.
Updated @ 2021-07-04 : Added new Phase 2 details.
Originally posted @ 2021-06-27

 

Malaysia National Recovery Plan : Four Phases

On 17 June 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the National Recovery Plan, with four phases, which was updated on 5 July 2021 :

Phase 1

Phase 2

  • Must meet these requirements (nationally) :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <4,000
    moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose
  • Must meet these requirements (by state) :
    – new cases averaging less than 12.2 cases per 100,000
    moderate ICU use capacity
    10% population vaccinated with second dose
  • More economic sectors allowed to operate at 80% maximum capacity
  • Social sectors remain closed

Phase 3

  • Must meet these requirements :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <2,000
    comfortable healthcare system / ICU capacity
    40% population vaccinated with second dose
  • All economic sectors (except high risk activities) allowed to operate
  • Industries with fully vaccinated staff can operate at full capacity
  • Education, sports, and some social activities can resume.
  • Parliament can resume under strict SOP

Phase 4

  • Must meet these requirements :
    – average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <500
    safe healthcare system / ICU capacity
    60% population vaccinated with second dose
  • All economic and most social sectors allowed to resume
  • Interstate travel and domestic tourism allowed, subject to strict SOP

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 1 Updates

On 6 July 2021, MKN announced that busking is now allowed in vaccination centres, and supermarkets and departmental stores can fully open up.

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • Up to 40% of public servants can now work in the office
  • Accounting services are now ALLOWED, with a maximum employee capacity of 60%.
  • Daily and public markets are now allowed to operate from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to local authorities and SOP, with monitoring by RELA or civil defence.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) is allowed to operate from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Cycling and individual sports with physical distancing of 2-3 metres are ALLOWED in the neighbourhood.
  • Ports, airports and the logistics sector can operate 24 hours.
  • Mining and quarrying activities are allowed with up to 60% worker capacity.

For the latest Phase 1 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 2 Updates

On 27 June 2021, MKN announced details for Phase 2 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

On 3 July 2021, MKN announced that five states met the requirements to transition to Phase 2 – Perlis, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. They also announced more updates to Phase 2.

On 5 July 2021, MKN announced that Penang met the requirements to transition to Phase 2.

On 6 July 2021, MKN announced that busking is now allowed in vaccination centres.

On 8 July 2021, MKN announced that Sabah met the requirements to transition to Phase 2.

On 19 July 2021, MKN announced these changes :

  • out-of-studio filming is ALLOWED subject to strict SOP
  • business premises can now open from 6 AM to 10 PM, including specialty stores (petrol stations).

For the latest Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

Government Operations During Phase 2

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

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

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 2

These economic sectors can reopen under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan. They will be allowed to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM daily. Updated!

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

Manufacturing

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

Trade + Distribution

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

Travel Restrictions

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

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

Markets

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

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

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

Sports + Recreation

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

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

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 3 Updates

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 3 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 3

In Phase 3, all economic activities are allowed to resume, EXCEPT for high-risk activities in the negative list, like :

  • Spa
  • Pedicure and manicure
  • Pub and night club

Beauty saloons are ALLOWED to operate, subject to strict SOP.

Creative industry are ALLOWED in Phase 3, for example – live events without spectators.

Travel Restrictions

Inter-district travel is ALLOWED, but interstate travel is FORBIDDEN.

Up to three (3) people are allowed (including the driver) in public and private vehicles like taxi and e-hailing rides and personal vehicles.

Dining-In

Dining-in at restaurants is ALLOWED, but limited to two (2) persons per table, with physical distancing.

Education

The reopening of the education section, including schools, public and private institutes of higher learning, training institutes and other educational institutes under the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Local Government and Ministry of Rural Development and other agencies are to be determined by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education as well as the Ministry of Health.

Social Activities

Social activities are FORBIDDEN in Phase 3.

However, people will be ALLOWED to receive up to ten (10) guests or visitors at their homes at any one time.

Tourism

Tourism is ALLOWED only within the state.

The reopening of tourist attractions will be subject to risk assessments, and tight SOP.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Recovery Plan : Phase 4 Updates

On 27 June 2021, the MKN announced these details for Phase 4 of the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Phase 4 is when almost all economic and social sectors will be ALLOWED to reopen completely, subject to the existing SOP.

This is also when interstate travel will be permitted.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) for Malaysia!

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For Phase 1 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 16 July 2021 Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (16 July 2021) for Phase 2, followed by our English translation.

This Phase 2 SOP currently applies to Penang, Sabah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, and Perlis.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Update!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP that was posted on 19 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN (based on district borders determined by state governments)
  • All entry and exit into MCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies within a radius of 10 kilometres or to the nearest provider.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours. Updated!
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading time is only allowed from 8 AM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Travel for funerals and natural disasters are ALLOWED, with police permission.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Members of Parliament or State Legislators are ALLOWED to travel interstate or inter-district to visit their constituencies without conducting any events.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel between Phase 2 areas is ALLOWED for husbands and wives in long-distance relationships, with police permission.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Children 12 years or younger are NOT allowed in public places and facilities, EXCEPT in emergencies, treatment, education or exercise.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Civil Service

  • Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 40% at any one time (except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement), and 60% must work from home, in rotation.
  • Government counter service will operate physically subject to the current orders from the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia (KSN).
  • Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services must have official approval from the relevant Ministry or Agency. Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 80%, including both operations and management.
  • Accounting services are ALLOWED to operate at 60% capacity. New!

MICE

  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except in-service training through Camp-Based Training.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks conducted online are ALLOWED.

Business Activities

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

  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. Updated!
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM. Updated!
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Farmer’s market and morning market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 11 AM.
  • Night markets and weekend markets are FORBIDDEN.
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED with up to 80% worker capacity, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education

  • All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  • Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  • All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  • Students sitting for SPM, STPM, SVM, STAM, SKM, DVM and equivalent international examinations are ALLOWED to travel interstate / inter-district for examinations with approval from MOE, MARA or relevant Ministry / Agency. The student may be accompanied by one guardian.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in classes related to the approved examinations are allowed to travel, with approval from MOE, MARA or relevant Ministry / Agency.
  • Students in boarding schools taking part in examinations are allowed to travel to their dormitories, with approval from MOE, MARA or relevant Ministry / Agency.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Only international school and expatriate school students involved in International examinations are allowed to sit for examinations according to the schedule set by the international examination body.
  • All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are NOT ALLOWED to operate, except for parents who are frontliners or both working.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.

Religion

  • Prayer activities are limited to a maximum of 12 mosque and surau committee members only. All other activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Muslim houses of worship are limited to 12 committee members only, and congregants are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres are allowed in open and semi-open spaces within 10 km from the residence, from 6 AM until 8 PM.
  • Allowed activities include jogging, exercise, tai chi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian sports, archery, hiking, tennis (singles only), golf, and motorsports.
  • All sports facilities and commercial outdoor and semi-open recreation facilities are ALLOWED to open, limited to 50% capacity, and subject to the local council authority.
  • All other sports facilities are limited to only management (finance, maintenance and so on) with not more than 30% workforce capacity.
  • Quarantine-based championships or competitions without spectators or supporters based on the Sports Bubble model are limited to those organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Malaysian Football League and Petronas Cub Prix Championship only.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by National and State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Athlete / coach / official / technical support participation in overseas championships or competitions or matches are subject to the approval of the Immigration Department with support from KBS / MSN.

Creative Industry

  • Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts include animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.
  • Filming outside of studio is ALLOWED with strict SOP. New!
  • Recording and live broadcasts of programmes to convey information (other than entertainment) like news, forum, interviews are ALLOWED.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 2 Areas

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

Essential Services According To Sector

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (80% employee capacity)

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

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains
  2. Plantation and commodities including their supply chain (oil palm, rubber, pepper, cocoa, lumber, kenaf, biodiesel and agricommodity certification)
  3. Small scale logging, subject to the SOP.

Construction

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Public infrastructure construction works
  3. Construction works that provide approved employee accommodation at construction sites.
  4. Construction works that house workers in approved Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  5. Construction works of small projects carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.
  6. Renovation of personal homes or commercial buildings.
  7. Land investigation work.

Trade + Distribution

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

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

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

  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, pedicure and manicure
  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  • Photography activities
  • Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  • Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  • Night clubs or pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Official and unofficial public and private events
  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.

  • Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.
  • Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  • Interdistrict and interstate tourism
  • Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
  • All indoor sports and recreation activities
  • All water sports and recreation, except fishing
  • Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  • All championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Malaysian Football League (MFL) and Petronas Cub Prix Championship only.
  • Spectator or supporter attendance at sport venues and recreation.
  • Participation by athlete, coach, official, technical support to overseas competitions or championships or matches, WITHOUT the permission of the Malaysia Immigration Department and support from KBS / MSN.
  • Sports or recreational activities that cross state or district lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  • Hotel lounge performances
  • Indoor or outdoor busking (except in PPV – vaccination centres)
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 1 SOP as well!

For Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 16 July 2021 Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (16 July 2021) for Phase 1, followed by our English translation.

This Phase 1 SOP currently applies to all states in Malaysia, except Penang, SabahKelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, and Perlis.

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Update!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP that was posted on 19 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN (based on district borders determined by state governments)
  • All entry and exit into MCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies within a radius of 10 kilometres or to the nearest provider.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours. Updated!
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading time is only allowed from 8 AM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Travel for funerals and natural disasters are ALLOWED, with police permission.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Members of Parliament or State Legislators are ALLOWED to travel interstate or inter-district to visit their constituencies without conducting any events.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for husbands and wives in long-distance relationships.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Children 12 years or younger are NOT allowed in public places and facilities, EXCEPT in emergencies, treatment, education or exercise.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Civil Service

  • Must work from home (WFH) completely, except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement.
  • Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 40% at any one time, and must emphasise work that cannot be performed at home, like payment, maintenance, security, technical management, online meetings and ministerial documentation. Updated!
  • Government counter service will operate physically from 1 July 2021 onwards, involving :
    – services that cannot be conducted online
    – counter service capacity must not exceed 50%
    – people are only allowed to be admitted with scheduled appointments
  • Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services in the private sector must have official approval from 1 June 2021 onwards.
  • Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 60%, including both operations and management.
  • Accounting services are ALLOWED to operate at 60% capacity. New!

MICE

  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except in-service training through Camp-Based Training.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks conducted online are ALLOWED.

Education

  • All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  • Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  • All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  • Only international exams at international and expatriate schools are allowed.
  • All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are NOT ALLOWED to operate, unless both parents are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are ALLOWED to operate, subject to the SOP.

Religion

  • Prayer activities are limited to a maximum of 12 mosque and surau committee members only. All other activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Muslim houses of worship are limited to 12 committee members only, and congregants are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services, and picnics are FORBIDDEN.
  • Grocers and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Pharmacies can operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.

  • Supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini markets and departmental stores can only open sections limited to food, drinks and essential items, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Pharmacies, self care, convenience stores and mini marts are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.
  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. Updated!
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM. Updated!
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Night markets, farmer’s market, weekly markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.
  • All other activities not mentioned in the SOP are FORBIDDEN.

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are LIMITED to jogging, cycling, individual games and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM. Updated!
  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.

Creative Industry

  • Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts include animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.
  • Recording and live broadcasts of programmes to convey information (other than entertainment) like news, forum, interviews are ALLOWED.

Mining + Quarrying

  • Supply of minerals, rock material and cement only from existing stockpiles as well as transportation from the mine or quarry to the premise or site of major public infrastructure construction or building construction permitted by this SOP.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED with up to 60% worker capacity, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP. Updated!

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 1 Areas

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

Essential Services According To Sector

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (60% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical medicine
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Machinery and equipment for health and food products
  11. Textiles for PPE production only
  12. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains – for example, shops selling fertilisers and pesticides, or oil palm fruit processing factories are allowed to operate
  2. Oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa plantation and commodities including their supply chains

Construction

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Major public infrastructure and construction works
  3. Building construction works that provide complete employee accommodation at construction sites, or workers that are housed in Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  4. Construction works carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.

Trade + Distribution

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

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP.

  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, beauty, barber and hair saloons, pedicure and manicure
  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  • Photography activities
  • Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  • Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  • Night clubs or pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Official and unofficial public and private events
  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.
  • Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.

  • Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  • Interdistrict and interstate tourism
  • Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
  • All sports and recreation activities EXCEPT those listed in this SOP.
  • All sports and recreation premises and facilities, except public parks which are subject to the local authorities.
  • Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  • International or local championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the National Sports Council and training matches for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
  • Sports or recreational activities that cross district and state lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  • Hotel lounge performances
  • Indoor or outdoor busking (except in PPV – vaccination centres)
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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FMCO: Restaurants + Eateries Can Open From 6AM To 10PM!

MKN just announced that restaurants and eateries will now be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM during FMCO 3.0!

Here is what we know so far…

 

FMCO : Restaurants + Eateries Can Open From 6 AM To 10 PM!

When the FMCO 3.0 (Full MCO 3.0) was announced, restaurants and food outlets were only allowed to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.

However, this limited operational time meant that many restaurants and food outlets were not able to prepare their food in time for dinner takeaways or delivery before they had to shut down by 8 PM.

The good news is that MKN just announced that, from 28 June 2021 onwards, restaurants and food outlets will now be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM!

This extended operating hours will allow restaurants and other food outlets more time to make their food and beverages available for sale.

This was part of Phase 2, but has now been brought forward.

Dining in is still not allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and food deliveries are allowed.

Dining in will only be allowed in Phase 3 of FMCO 3.0, and limited to two persons to each table.

 

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Papparich Group Ordered To Close By High Court!

This is the end for Papparich in Malaysia – it has been ordered by the High Court of Malaya to wind up its business!

 

Papparich Group Ordered To Close By High Court!

Last year, shareholder Chen Khairy Voon and the investment holdings company Agathisfour filed separate Winding-Up Petitions against Papparich Group Sdn Bhd on 15 May 2020 and 22 May 2020 respectively, over alleged unpaid debts of RM37.22 million

Just over a year later, the High Court of Malaya in Shah Alam ordered Papparich Group Sdn Bhd (PGSB) to wind up its business on 5 May 2021.

Chan Siew Mei of KPMG Deal Advisory Sdn Bhd was appointed as the liquidator, as per The Business Times.

According to the public notice, the Winding-Up Petition was directed to be heard before the High Court of Malaya at 9 AM on 11 August 2021.

The public notice also called for any party looking to support or oppose the Petition for the Winding-Up of Papparich Malaysia to appear for the hearing.

 

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Are Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain?

Are mamak and nasi kandar restaurants spreading the Indian COVID-19 strain?

Find out what people are sharing on social media, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Mamak Restaurants Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!

This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.

There are two versions – one in Bahasa Malaysia, and one in English.

PERINGATAN KOD MERAH KEPADA SELURUH MALAYSIA

Menjauhkan diri dari kedai Mamak, nasi kandar dań semua restaurant india yang mengambil pekerja india dari india untuk sementara waktu, sekumpulan covid baru di Kuala Lumpur berpotensi merebak ke seluruh negara.

Genom G64 covid 19 dari india dan mesir adalah virus penyebar super. Tiada ada vaksin atau rawatan yang sesuai untuk virus ini sekurang-kurangnya hinge 2023. Strategi melarikan diri dari virus ini tidak dapat dilakukan pada masa ini.

CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN

Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi bandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.

Genom G64 covid 19 from india and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.

 

NO! Mamak Restaurants Are NOT Spreading Indian COVID-19 Strain!

The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake

Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.

He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.

However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.

It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.

In any case, MalaysiaKini labelled the message as FAKE on 27 August 2020.

Malaysiakini would like to warn its readers that one of the news portal’s articles regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is being used to spread a fake message via WhatsApp.

The WhatsApp message uses this genuine link and attaches fake news with a xenophobic message and fake science.

Fact #2 : There Is No G64 COVID-19 Strain

There is no such thing as a G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At that time, the concern was over the D614G strain that was detected in the Sivagangga Cluster, which originated from India.

The D614G strain is more infectious than the original strain, but is not more dangerous.

This fake news is spreading again in April 2021, because there is a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases in India; and they found a new variant with double mutations – both L452R and E484Q mutations.

However, this new variant is not linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. That was due to the Indian government allowing massive political rallies and the giant Kumbh Mela festival to proceed.

Fact #3 : There Are Now Vaccines!

We have to point this out, because this viral message is still spreading, and people actually believe that there is no vaccine for this (fake) G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved, and administered worldwide. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 10 May 2021!

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) just extended the CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 10 May 2021!

 

Sarawak CMCO / PKPB Extended To 10 May 2021!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced the extension of CMCO / PKPB restrictions in Sarawak to 10 May 2021.

The existing SOP for CMCO / PKPB in Sarawak remains in place, including :

  • Travel within the CMCO / PKPB area is allowed.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN, except with police permission.
  • Private vehicles are allowed to carry passengers up to their maximum licensed capacity.
  • All activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed.
  • Public transportation such as public bus, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / monorail, ferry, airplanes, taxis / e-hailing vehicles are allowed, according to their licensed capacity.
  • Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

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

 

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Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

The Malaysian government just quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by HALF!

While this may be a relief for those caught breaking the ban, it is still a hefty fine!

 

Pub + Nightclub Ban : Fine Quietly Slashed By Half!

On 17 March 2021, when the Malaysian government announced the three categories of offences, they set the fine for those breaking the pub and nightclub ban very high :

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 50,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 10,000

That changed on 22 March 2021, when the Malaysia Ministry of Health released this infographic on the Act 342 fines.

What most people, and even the press, did not notice was – they quietly slashed the fine for breaking the pub and nightclub ban by half!

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 25,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000

While this may be a relief for those already hit with the massive RM 10K or RM 50K fine earlier, it is still a considerable sum of money.

Please note that the ban includes any restaurants or cafes within the pub or nightclub.

Since 8 February 2021, pubs and nightclubs are no longer allowed to serve food or drinks at their restaurants, or even offer takeaway!

But apparently, pubs have now switched their licences to restaurants and eateries that serve alcohol, bypassing this ban.

Recommended : Act 342 Offences : COVID-19 Fines, Discounts + FAQ!

 

Pub + Nightclub Fine : Can Appeal For A Discount!

Individuals or companies who get fined for not complying with the pub and nightclub ban can appeal for the following discounts, at the nearest District Health Office.

  • Pay within 7 days : 50% discount
  • Pay within 8 to 14 days : 25% discount

Please do NOT appeal for the discount at the police station. The discount can only be given, and the fine paid, at the District Health Office.

Also note that the discount is only given to first-time offenders. Repeat offenders will not receive the discount.

This infographic by the Malaysia Ministry of Health summarises the fines and discounts for those who break the pub and nightclub ban :

 

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Act 342 Offences : COVID-19 Fines, Discounts + FAQ!

The Malaysian government just updated the Act 342 offences, fines and discounts, including changes in COVID-19 fines!

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

 

Act 342 COVID-19 Offences : Categories + Fines!

On 17 March 2021, the Malaysian government announced that the COVID-19 SOP fine would be divided into 3 categories.

They promised a full list of offences and their fines would be released soon, but there has been no sight of this list so far.

Instead, they gave some general indications, with some updates recently, including changes in COVID-19 fines.

Photo Credit : Malay Mail

We listed the three categories and a few examples below. The full list will be revealed later by the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN).

Category One : High

Any offence with high transmission risk of the virus, with a wide-scale impact on the community.

Examples of Category One offences and their fines :

  • Companies operating a pub or nightclub : RM 25,000
  • Entering a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
  • Entering an eatery within a pub or nightclub : RM 5,000
  • Infected person (or suspected of being infected) refusing to obey instructions : RM 5,000
  • Refusing to obey instructions by an official empowered by Section 11(3) of Act 342 : RM 5,000
  • Interstate travel without police permission : RM 5,000
  • Private doctor who fails to report a COVID-19 positive case to the Health Ministry : RM 5,000

Category Two : Medium

Any offence with high transmission risk of the virus, but without a wide-scale impact on the community.

Examples of Category Two offences and their fines :

  • Companies refusing to listen to, or give information concerning the prevention of disease : RM 20,000
  • Companies organising mass gatherings without physical distancing : RM 20,000
  • Individuals refusing to listen to, or give information concerning the prevention of disease : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
  • Refusing to obey instructions by authorised officials regarding Enhanced MCO (EMCO) : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
  • Entering an Enhanced MCO (EMCO) area without permission : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000
  • Individuals participating in mass gatherings without physical distancing : RM 3,000 to RM 4,000

Category Three : Low

Any offence with low transmission risk of the virus, and without a wide-scale impact on the community.

Examples of Category Three offences and their fines :

  • Companies operating beyond permitted hours : RM 10,000
  • Companies not providing hand sanitisers for customer use : RM 10,000
  • Failure to wear face mask in public : RM 1,500 to RM 2,000
  • Failure to maintain physical distance : RM 1,500 to RM 2,000
  • Failure to log in using MySejahtera or manual log book before entering premise : RM 1,500 to RM 2,000

 

Act 342 COVID-19 Fines : Ask For A Discount!

The Malaysian government is offering these discounts on the COVID-19 fines issued under Act 342 :

  • Pay within 7 days : 50% discount
  • Pay within 8 to 14 days : 25% discount

These discounts are only for first-time offences. Repeat offenders will not be given discounts.

Those who find it impossible to pay their fines, even after discount, can appeal to the Malaysia Health Ministry “through several channels”.

 

Act 342 COVID-19 Fines : Official FAQ

Here is the latest FAQ (released on 22 March 2021) regarding Act 342 COVID-19 offences and their fines.

1. What Does The Compound Mean?

A compound is one of the early criminal proceedings, in which a fine can be paid without facing prosecution in court.

Section 25 of Act 342 provides the authority to issue a written compound for any compoundable offence under the Act or related rules.

2. Can The Compound Be Reduced?

The compound can be reduced if paid within the stipulated time, which is not more than 14 days from the date the compound was issued.

3. Where And How Must The Compound Be Paid / Reduced?

The compound can be paid and a discount requested at the nearest District Health Office, Sabah District Health Office, and Sarawak District Health Office.

4. What Is The Implication Of Not Paying The Compound?

If the compound is not paid, the individual or corporation will be prosecuted in court for the offence.

 

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Warning : Pahang Limits Dining To Just 1 Hour!

Please be warned that Pahang limits dining at eateries, cafes and restaurants to just 1 hour!

 

Warning : Pahang Limits Dining To Just 1 Hour!

On 5 March 2021, Pahang switched to the less stringent RMCO / PKPP restrictions, which allowed some limited tourism, as well dining in at eateries, cafes and restaurants.

However, the Pahang Disaster Management Committee decided to impose an additional limitdining is limited to 1 hour per customer!

In Pahang, all dining premises must follow requirements :

  • there must be 1 metre distance between tables
  • seating capacity is according to table size and 1 metre physical distance between customers
  • maximum dining time is 1 hour per customer
  • the dining in capacity of the premise must be stated at the premise entrance, and obeyed

 

Scan MySejahtera Every Hour While Dining In Pahang?

While sitting inside a cafe or restaurant for hours will increase your risk of getting infected with COVID-19, it seems impractical to have a standard 1 hour limit for dining premises.

After all, a 5-course dinner at a full service restaurant will definitely take longer than an hour, while a quick bite at a burger joint will last less than 30 minutes.

So unless they are basically asking restaurants to serve pre-cooked meals, we have no idea how the Pahang state government is going to enforce this rule.

However, scanning MySejahtera every hour is NOT going to work, because it will merely prove to the police that you have been inside the cafe or restaurant for more than an hour.

A quick check on MySejahtera will show the police just how many times you scanned MySejahtera at the same dining outlet, and therefore, how many hours you were there.

Therefore, the only thing you can do while in Pahang is to limit yourself to dining in at cafes and eateries that serve pre-cooked or quick meals, and avoid full-service restaurants that serve multiple-course meals.

The safest option is to order food to go – by drive-through or takeaway – or have it delivered to you.

It’s just not worth getting a RM 10,000 fine for dining in more than 1 hour in Pahang…

 

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Must You Scan MySejahtera Every Hour At Cafe / Restaurant?

Is it true that you must scan MySejahtera every hour whenever you eat at a cafe, coffee shop or restaurant?

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

Updated @ 2021-03-15 : Added information on Pahang’s dining limit of 1 hour.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-13

 

Claim : You Must Scan MySejahtera Every Hour At Cafe / Restaurant!

On 13 March 2021, two different messages started going viral on WhatsApp.

They both claim that we must all scan MySejahtera every hour, if we are eating or drinking in a cafe, coffee shop or restaurant.


You must remember this and share. ! If u eat in a restaurant or any outlet n spend over an hour there u must scan My Sejathera again. The same goes for drinking in a restaurant. You have to scan every hour, because the restaurant can only allow u to stay for one hour only. Many people don’t know this. Remember to tell your family members and friends the news. Don’t spend our innocent money on fine again. Come on our money are hard earned. We must be alert.

各位请注意!去茶室飲吃或restaurant喝酒也一样,每过一个小时便要 scan,因为茶室餐厅只能逗留一个小时,这一点很多人不知道,记得把消息告诉你家人朋友,别又无辜花这些冤枉钱.

Attention everyone! The same goes for drinking in the coffee shop or restaurant. You have to scan every hour, because the coffee shop or restaurant can only stay for one hour. Many people don’t know this. Remember to tell your family and friends the news, and don’t let authority to fine you.

 

No, There Is No Need To Scan MySejahtera Every Hour At Cafe / Restaurant!

After checking out the latest SOPs, we can confirm that there is NO NEED to scan MySejahtera every hour at any coffee shop, cafe, restaurant or eatery.

There will be those who wonder – how do YOU know for sure? Never mind they would rather trust some random WhatsApp message, here are the facts!

Fact #1 : MySejahtera Only Required On Entry

MySejahtera is meant to log when you enter a public premise, not how long you stay in one premise.

There is NO NEED for you to log your presence at any cafe or restaurant every hour.

If they needed to know how long you lingered at any premise, they would have made it a requirement to use MySejahtera to “log out” when you leave.

Fact #2 : They Would Not Have Targeted Just Cafe / Restaurant

If the government wanted to log how long people stayed in a premise, they would have made it a requirement for ALL retail outlets.

This would include supermarkets and grocery stores; not just eateries, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.

Fact #3 : No Time Limit On Dining-In During MCO

Malaysia allowed dining-in from 10 February 2021 onwards, with these two requirements :

  • Limited to two (2) persons per table.
  • Must have minimum physical distance of 1 metre

There was no time limit for customers who are dining in at any eatery, cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant.

When MKN lifted the 2 persons per table limit, there was only one requirement – a minimum physical distance of 1 metre.

Again, there was no time limit for eating or drinking at any any eatery, cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant.

Fact #4 : No Dining Time Limit In CMCO / RMCO SOP

The latest CMCO and RMCO SOP on dining in at restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and the like are the same.

You only need to comply with ONE requirement – a minimum physical distance of 1 metre.

Fact #5 : 1 Hour Dining Time Limit In Pahang

The Pahang state government recently added a 1 hour dining time limit that stated on 5 March 2021.

However, scanning MySejahtera every hour will not help you avoid this time limit.

A quick check on MySejahtera will show the police just how many times you scanned MySejahtera at the same dining outlet, and therefore, how many hours you were there.

Recommended : Pahang Limits Dining To Just 1 Hour!

Fact #6 : No Dining Time Limit In Food Sector SOP

The Food Sector SOP, released on 3 June 2020, only lists these requirements :

  • Workers with symptoms or temperature over 37.5 celsius are not allowed.
  • Tables must be arranged 2 metres apart, to ensure 1 metre social distancing between customers
  • Customers must be seated according to table size, and cannot exceed 4 for big tables.
  • Workers must wear face masks at all times.

This SOP has obviously been superseded by the newer SOP for CMCO and RMCO.

Fact #7 : No Dining Time Limit In Retail Sector SOP

The Retail Sector SOP (which covers cafes, coffee shops and restaurants), released on 24 Nov 2020, lists these requirements :

  • Ensure that workers and customers are recorded (using MySejahtera or a log book).
  • Ensure 1 metre physical distance within the premise
  • Limit the number of customers at any one time
  • Ensure that workers and customers wear face masks
  • Limit the time within the premise (no time limit).

Fact #8 : No Dining Time Limit In Social Event SOP

Just in case, we even looked at the Social Event SOP, released on 24 February 2021, which lists these requirements :

  • Guests with temperature over 37.5 celsius are not allowed.
  • Guests queuing to enter must maintain 1 metre distance.
  • Guests must wear face masks.
  • Guests are limited to 50% of venue capacity.
  • Tables must be arranged 2 metres apart, to ensure 1 metre social distancing between guests

Again, there is no mention of any time limit.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Travelling Risks

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

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

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

Dining In Risks

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Restaurants + Eateries

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

Retail Industry

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

Creative Industry

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

Sports

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

 

Dining In At Restaurants : Our Opinion

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

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

Photo Credit : CGTN

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

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

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

 

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

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

Nightclub and pub restaurants are no longer allowed to operate.

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : No Longer Allowed!

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

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

 

Pub + Nightclub Restaurants : Yet Another U-Turn

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Malaysia MCO / PKP Extended To 18 February 2021!

Malaysia just extended the MCO / PKP lockdown for all states and federal territories, except Sarawak to 18 February 2021!

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

 

Malaysia MCO / PKP : Extended To 18 February 2021!

On 2 February 2021, Malaysia announced that the MCO / PKP lockdown for all states and federal territories, except Sarawak, has been extended for two more weeks!

Instead of ending on 4 February 2021, the MCO / PKP lockdown will last until 18 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 : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

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

Shopping

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Barber shops and hair saloons are FORBIDDEN.
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

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

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

Sports

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

Entertainment

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

Social + Religious Activities

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

Manufacturing + Business Activities

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

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COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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Malaysia MCO : Eateries + Restaurants Can Open Till 10 PM!

In addition to the extension of MCO, Malaysia also announced that eateries and restaurants can extend their operation hours to 10 PM!

 

Malaysia MCO : Eateries + Restaurants Can Open Till 10 PM!

When Malaysia announced the latest January 2021 SOP for the MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown, eateries and restaurants were only allowed to open from 6 AM until 8 PM.

This turned out to be a big issue for many Malaysians, as food is an integral part of Malaysian life.

Heck, it is a source of great pride that any hungry Malaysian can go out and buy food at any time of the day and night!

So it was no surprise that many Malaysians complained about the abnormally early 8 PM shut-off time for eateries and restaurants in areas under MCO lockdown.

The Malaysian government noticed that, and when they announced the extension of MCO for nine states and territories on 21 January 2021, they also announced that eateries and restaurants will be allowed to open until 10 PM.

 

Malaysia MCO : Eateries + Restaurants SOP

Don’t rush off tonight for a late night snack though, as this new policy will only start on 22 January 2021.

You should also note that the other existing MCO SOP for eateries and restaurants remain in place.

So, starting 22 January, 2021, this will be the SOP for eateries and restaurants in MCO / PKP areas.

  • 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 food delivery are 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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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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CMCO Business Activities Extended To 12 AM, Except Sabah!

On 23 November, the Malaysia National Security Council announced that business operations in CMCO / PKPB lockdown areas will be allowed to open until 12 AM.

The next day, they made a small U-turn, stating that business activities in Sabah must shut by 10 PM.

 

CMCO / PKPB : Business Activities Extended To 12 AM!

On 23 November 2020, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced further loosening of the CMCO / PKPB lockdown rules.

Starting 24 November 2020business operations in CMCO / PKPB lockdown areas will be allowed to open until 12 AM!

The next day though, they made a small U-turn, stating that business activities in Sabah must shut by 10 PM.

 

Business Activities In CMCO / PKPB Areas : Must Maintain Existing SOP

Other than the change in operational hours for business activities in CMCO / PKPB areas, the other SOP remains in place :

  • 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, but must follow the established SOP.
  • 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.
  • Up to three people from each household may leave to purchase food and essential supplies, and travel in the same car.
  • 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.
    * Warning : Not from the same family! Maximum 2 persons from the same household can dine in.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • 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
  • 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.

 

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 / PKPB Ends For Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu!

The CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu ends today, 21 November 2020!

 

CMCO / PKPB Ends For Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu!

Now that COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly in Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu, the Malaysian National Security Council announced that their CMCO / PKPB lockdowns will end early.

Instead of ending on 6 December 2020, all four states will now end today, 21 November 2020.

There are some exceptions though :

  • the district of Kulim in Kedah remains under CMCO / PKPB lockdown.
  • the districts of Kota Tinggi and Mersing in Johor remain under CMCO / PKPB lockdown.

 

CMCO Ends : RMCO Rules Apply For Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu

The ending of CMCO / PKPB does not mean complete freedom. It only means Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu returns to RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) SOP, like :

  • 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 to operate as normal (up to 2 AM), but must follow the established SOP.
  • Hair salons, beauty salons and barbers are allowed to operate up to 12 AM, but must follow the established SOP.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open as normal (between 7 AM and 2 AM).
  • Dine-in is allowed with physical distancing of 1 meter between persons at the same table, and following other Food Sector SOP.
  • All sporting and recreational activities are allowed, with physical distancing of 1-3 metres (static), and 3-5 metres (dynamic)
  • Water sports activities like swimming, surfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, sailing, boating, etc. are allowed.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators, or those with foreign participants are FORBIDDEN.
  • Wedding registrations are allowed, with a limit of 20 participants at the registration office.
  • Pubs and night clubs are FORBIDDEN, except for restaurant services.
  • Overseas tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Local tourism is allowed, except for foreigners who are not in the list of permitted countries.

 

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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Fact Check : Is There Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee?

A video claiming that OLDTOWN White Coffee used pork in their curry mee has gone viral, leading to an official investigation by the authorities!

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

 

Viral Video : Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee?

In the video that went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp, a man accused OLDTOWN White Coffee of using pork in their curry mee.

He pokes at the red-coloured meat, and insists that they put in 5-6 slices of pork.

For our foreign readers who may not understand, pork is haram (forbidden) for Muslims.

 

KPDNHEP Investigates Claims Of Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee

The accusation is so serious in Malaysia, that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) launched an investigation.

Five KPDNHEP Selangor officers inspected the OLDTOWN White Coffee restaurant in Subang Jaya on 13 November 2020, and took samples of the alleged pork used in their curry mee.

Note that this officer is holding a packet of BBQ Chicken, and pointing at its halal stamp.

 

The Truth : There Is NO Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee!

Here is the short verdict on the viral video. It’s a FALSE ACCUSATION, and there is NO PORK in OLDTOWN White Coffee’s curry mee.

This is yet another viral video that has been proven to be FALSE, and here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : JAKIM + KPDNHEP Confirmed The Claim As FALSE

After investigating the claim, both JAKIM and KPDNHEP confirmed that the claim in the video is false.

The meat used was chicken, not pork, as alleged by the man in the video.

JAKIM also warned the public not to make baseless accusations, while OLDTOWN is consulting their lawyers to determine if they should take action against those who made the false accusation.

Reason #2 : Char Siu Is Not Always Pork

It is likely that the man in the video mistook the red-coloured meat as char siu – barbecued pork.

However, char siu versions of other meats like chicken, beef and venison are available for Muslims, and those who prefer not to eat pork.

After all, the char siu seasoning is made from honey, five-spice powder, red fermented bean curd, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce and red food colouring, and can be applied to most meats.

In fact, OLDTOWN White Coffee uses chicken char siu in their curry mee, which is clearly visible in their product shot :

Reason #3 : OLDTOWN White Coffee Is Halal-Certified

OLDTOWN White Coffee is a chain of halal-certified restaurants. That means they have to abide by these rules :

  1. Equipment used shall be free from najs, does not contain any hazardous materials and results in side effects to the products produced;
  2. Appliances / brushes from animal hair are not allowed;
  3. The arrangement of equipments and goods in the factory shall be neat, tidy and safe;
  4. Workers are not allowed to live in the premise compound. If it is necessary, living quarters for the workers shall be:
    a. having separate entrance to the premise compound;
    b. no direct passage way from the worker’s living quarters to the premise compound; and
    c. there is a control mechanism on the movement in and out of workers.
  5. Non-halal food/ beverages are not allowed to be brought into the premise compound;
  6. The premise shall have an effective control system from premises that process/ prepare non-halal materials;
  7. All central kitchens and outlets for chain restaurants/ franchise/ food court shall apply for halal certification; and
  8. Liquor and materials sourced from liquor is strictly prohibited to be in the halal kitchen and hotel including the storage area.

While it is not necessary for Muslims to eat only from halal-certified restaurants, a valid Halal certificate means they undergo periodic inspections to ensure they follow the rules.

Reason #4 : Chicken Is Much CHEAPER Than Pork

One of our reader, Johari Jeffrey, points out that chicken is much cheaper than pork.

So it wouldn’t make sense for any business to substitute chicken for a more expensive meat like pork.

 

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