PUTRAJAYA MAR 20: The government has decided to supply food to 60,000 students of higher learning institutes who stay in campuses during the two weeks Movement Control Order (MCO) that started from 18th till 31st March.
Minister of Defence/Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, with the food aid parents should not worry of their children’s well being as it is taken care by the government, adding that the allocation will be announced after the cost has been calculated by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).
However he said, parents and children who have gone back to their “kampungs” are urged not to come back to Kuala Lumpur or any where instead just stay (kampung/village) where they are until March 31st.
Regarding government and private sectors’ staff commuting daily to their offices as required, Ismail said, the responsible party has to issue a letter stating the staff’s responsibilities.
“The letter will enable the staff to show as a proof to the police in case of a roadblock,” he said in a press conference after a special meeting of the relevant ministries on the MCO.
On whether the RM1,000 fine and 2 years jail for those breaching Section 342 of Health Act, Ismail said, until today it has not been implemented but if the situation is getting worst then it will be enforced.
“The police are still doing roadblocks and yesterday 11,000 vehicles have been checked and for those without documents stating the purpose of travel are given soft reminders,” added Ismail.
In another development, the minister said, 55 Malaysians from Iran will come back on March 22 while 94 from Italy on March 23. These two countries are seriously affected by COVID-19 with thousand of deaths recorded.
On Malaysians working in Singapore, Ismail highlighted that Singapore has agreed to facilitate them with accommodation within the two weeks MCO while the health condition of drivers’ commuting daily from the two countries will be on Singapore responsibilities.
Ismail said, a joint committee at ministerial level from both countries has been formed to monitor the situation.
He reminded the people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to immediately go for health screening at the nearest hospital for the safety of oneself, family and community.
“The police can take action on those with symptoms of COVID-19 but refuse to go for health screening,” he reiterated.
Ismail then advised the 4,000 people who have attended the tabligh assembly to come forward to have COVID-19 health screening and added “Do not wait till the police come to your resident.
He also warned the people not to believe in rumours and fake news as anything not sure just call the hotline of the ministry concerned.
The minister was referring to the incident yesterday that there was a rumour saying that there will be an emergency order and the military are on guide. – Malaysia World News