No more interstate travel permission by the police – Minister



PUTRAJAYA MAY 21: The police will not only direct the people to turn back at road blocks but also issue compounds to those who try to cross borders (inter-state travel) to reach their home towns.

Security Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government is very serious on this matter and has directed the police to stop issuing permission on inter-state travel with effect today.

Ismail cited a case where a woman was granted permission to give birth in her “kampong” but was detected with positive COVID-19.

“The woman had met with many people and because of her, the whole “kampong” had to be under the administration of the Ministry of Health (KKM)to trace her close contacts,” he said in the daily press conference held here today.

Ismail also cited an example where Italy had recorded the highest positive COVID-19 cases after allowing the people to go back to their home towns due to the pandemic.

He added, yesterday it was reported that 1,300 people were in a queue at the District Police Station (IPD) Kuantan, Pahang to apply for inter-state travel.

“I would like to remind that inter-state travel will not be permitted and as such the police will not issue any approval on that matter,” Ismail reiterated.

Ismail also reported that the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Jalan Othman Market areas in Petaling Jaya will be lifted on May 22.

Regarding the hotel quarantine charges imposed on Malaysians returning from overseas, Ismail said the government has decided that the handicapped group will be exempted from the charges.

On the question of business proprietors using the identity cards of clients for other purposes besides the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the Conditional MCO, Ismail said, any data shared with another person is not permitted under the Personal Data Protection Act.

“If anybody found sharing a person’s personal data with others, then a report should be lodged to the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).:

In another development, the government has approved to allow worship houses for non-Islam to be opened only in the Green Zone throughout the CMCO starting from June 10, 2020.

Among the SOP, not more than 30 people could be present at any one time depending on the size of the worship place and those aged 70 and children below 12 are not allowed to be present.

Ismail added, body temperature should be taken before entering the worship place, hand sanitizer should be available and wearing face mask must be adhered all the time.He also said, only Malaysians are allowed to go to the worship places during CMCO.–Malaysia World New


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