PUTRAJAYA MAYY 29: Not many “weekend husbands and wives” applied for the inter-state travel when the government gave permission as they anticipated returning to their families during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration on May 24.
Unfortunately, the government had stopped the permission for inter-state travel before Hari Raya as fear of the influx of .people going back to the “kampong” that would lead to the formation of “Raya Cluster” for COVID-19.
Security and Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, following the interstate travel is not allowed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which was enforced on May 4; there are many requests from the concerned group to meet their families during the weekend.
“We will look into this matter and if there is any decision, I will make an announcement,” said Ismail in his daily press conference held here today.
Earlier the government had granted the inter-state travel to the weekend husbands and wives with the police’s permission for a short while before Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.
With regards to the students’ interview to enter the higher education institutions that involve inter-state travel, Ismail said, the students have been interviewed online since April where they had used their handphones to create videos and sent them to the panelists via online.
“The interstate travel is still not allowed until the CMCO ends on Jun 9,” Ismail reiterated.
On the college and university students that were stranded in the campuses since the Control Movement Order was enforced on March 18, Ismail added, from April 27 until today the Ministry of Higher Education had sent back 54,656 students to their families.
“Yesterday (May 28) the ministry had sent 287 students via a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and today 1,193 students were scheduled to return to their families via three flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu bringing 287 students.
Meanwhile, one flight is scheduled to take 166 students from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu while 166 students will be flying from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.
“The students had done swab tests in line with the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the ministry before they were flown to their families. – Malaysia World News