PUTRAJAYA MAY 3: The public transportation that will begin its operations tomorrow will be allowed taking only half the number of passengers as social distancing is in the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that starts on May 4.
Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the public transport providers and its users are reminded to adhere to the guidelines set by the government and it includes social distancing and personal hygiene.
“The public transport services will commence as usual tomorrow to take the people to their work places,” Ismail said in a press conference here today.
As for private cars, Ismail said, four persons from the same family are allowed to travel along.
Ismail also reminded that business sectors that are allowed to resume tomorrow do not have to start immediately. They have a choice example the restaurants can either be open to the public to eat in the premises or just pack and go back.
According to Ismail, at the state level, the local authorities could also choose the best possible way for the business sectors to commence as long as the SOP set by the government will be adhered
Meanwhile the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) together with local experts have taken the initiative to develop MyTrace application that enables the government to trace an individual nearby that has been infected with COVID-19.
Ismail said MyTrace is to enhance MySejahtera that has been launched earlier and it uses Bluetooth technology for contact tracing on a COVID-19 positive person.
Based on the strength of the wave, the Bluetooth could detect the distance and the duration of the customers’ meeting. The data could be collected and kept for 21 days in the users’ hand phones.
The MyTrace only collects the customer’s information that is anonymized and not the data on geo-location.
“To ensure its effectiveness, 60% of the hand phone users in the country will be the targeted group and simultaneously the government hopes more people would download and use MyTrace. It could be downloaded via Google Play Store for Android device while for iOS version, it will be povided shortly.
On the COVID-19 situation Ismail said, medical experts expect COVID-19 vaccine to be ready by early 2021. As long as the vaccine has not been found in a big scale, the pandemic continues to threaten human lives.
He advised the people to take the experiences of Taiwan that had not implement MCO to curb COVID-19 but the number of positive cases is in control and the death percentage is low.
“The people have taken precautionary actions and practice high self-regulation besides social distancing of one meter in public places, wearing masks and self hygiene that have been their compulsory norms,” Ismail reiterated.
On the detention of illegal immigrants by the Immigration Department of Malaysia two days ago and was commented by the Amnesty International, Ismail said, they should respect Malaysia as a sovereign country and have to take care of its people and the state affairs.
“We are not going to let the illegal immigrants to walk freely in the country. We have to implement the laws. While they are at the detention depots or at the 11 detention centres, the SOP of social distancing is being adhered,” Ismail said.-Malaysia World News