PUTRAJAYA APRIL 19: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to extend the registration of birth and death to 90 days without penalty after the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted.
Minister of Defence and Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government has made such decision due to the enforcement of MCO since March 18 that has delayed Malaysian citizens to register the birth and death to the National Registration Department (JPN).
Ismail said, for those who have lost their identity card or death certificate and birth certificate, the JPN could assist to replace those documents by making appointments with the nearest JPN office or within the 90 days after MCO has been lifted.
“For local citizens living overseas, the extension date to register is 90 days after the country where they stay lifted their lockdown and the registration should be done at the Malaysian embassy office,” he said in a press conference here today.
The Senior Minister added, following many people have gone out at night to withdraw money from the automatic teller machine (ATM) for emergency case as a reason, the government has decided that ATM should operate from 8am until 8pm to avoid movements for banking purposes at night.
Ismail also commented the decreasing trend of COVID-19 positive is a prove that the government’s action to enforce MCO announced by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is very relevant to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 from spreading.
“The compulsory quarantine on Malaysians coming back from overseas has detected 17 COVID-19 positive cases and imagine if they are left to do self-quarantine at home, they might form a new cluster amongst the family members.
“It is the government hope for the people to continue complying with MCO in order to reduce COVID-19 new cases and hence the Order could be lifted,’’ he reiterated.
Relating to a Member of Parliament (MP) that has gone viral on the social media to meet the people, Ismail said, all MPs and State Assemblyman are allowed to go out but with two to three people and not with big delegates.
“The MPs or the State Assemblyman (ADUN) could ask the front liners like the People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) or Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM), to help in distributing any aid to the people.
“The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council (NSC) have been distributed to all MPs and the ADUN and as such they should adhere to it,” he said.
On MCO compliance, Ismail reported, the police have detained 1,111 individuals compared to 1,565 a day before and this includes 997 individuals remanded and 114 on police bails.
Until April 18, the cumulative total of MCO offenders is 14,750. –Malaysia World News