CMCO extended in six states, Ramadan, Aidilfitri Bazaar to operate, terawih prayers allowed for Muslims



KUALA LUMPUR MAR 16: The status of three states including Kedah, Perak and Negeri Sembilan that are placed under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) until 18th March 2021 will be changed to Recovery MCO (RMCO) due to decreasing trends in COVID-19 infections for the past two weeks.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, six states including Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak remain under CMCO as many areas are still under the red more than the green zones.

However seven states/territories namely Perlis, Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan remain under the Recovery MCO (RMCO) status as more green zones are formed compared to red zones.

“The change of status from CMCO to RMCO, CMCO and RMCO for the states will be effective 19 March until 31st March 2021 except Sarawak from 19th until 29th March 2021,” said Ismail at a press conference held here today.

Ismail added whatever the status of the states, the inter-state travel will not be permitted except for tourism activities from RMCO to RMCO states through the green travel bubble concept using the companies and tourism agents registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture (MOTAC). 

Ismail added, inter-district travel will be allowed except for Sabah and Sarawak.

In another development, the Technical Committee of MCO had agreed to allow the Ramadan Bazaar and Aidilfitri Bazaar to operate nationwide throughout Ramadan.

This is to enable the Muslims to buy food during Ramadan and make preparations for the coming Aidilfitri.

Ismail added, for the bazaars to operate, the standard operating procedure (SOP) should be adhered to strictly such as it is located in the open area, entry and exit doors should be in separate places, MySejahtera registration at the entry point,  number of people present should be controlled and the operation time for Ramadan Bazaar from 3.00pm until 8.00pm while Aidilfitri Bazaar from 10.00am till 12.00 midnite.

“The location, number of stalls, size of the space and others will be decided by the local authorities (PBT) in each state”, said Ismail.

Ismail said, the meeting had also agreed to allow terawih prayers via “jemaah” to be performed in the mosque and “surau” nationwide.

Ismail also mentioned that until yesterday, the Special Committee for Vaccine COVID-19 Access Guarantee Supply (JKJAV) recorded 5.6 million people had registered for the National Immunisation COVID-19 Programme (NIP).

To make the system easy, JKJAV had introduced five registration criteria including MySejahtera Application, Hotline 1800-888-828, website, present in the public and private health clinic facility, go through the support programme conducted by the related agency such as the Social Welfare Department (JKM) for people living in the rural and remote areas. –Malaysia World News      

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