Malaysians allowed traveling overseas for emergency cases, foreigners with special pass permitted to enter – Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Government has decided to allow couples with children who are not-citizens of Malaysia and not holding the Long Term Stay Pass to enter the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the couple and their children however will have to apply for the Long Term Stay Pass on their arrival to Malaysia.

“Permanent Residents (PR) are allowed to enter the country without making early application,” he said in a press conference at the Parliament here yesterday (Aug.25).

The Ministers’ Meeting on the Implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) had also decided that Malaysians are allowed to travel overseas on emergency cases involving the family members

In another development, the special ministers’ meeting had also allowed foreigners to perform their prayers as “jemaah” and adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) in the mosques effective on September 1, 2020.

The decisions include not making compulsory the use of praying mat (sejadah) in the mosque but the use of “sejadah” is still encouraged while wearing the face mask is compulsory.

Regarding school children, the meeting had also decided that children under 12 years old are allowed to wear face shield but the usage of the face mask is still encouraged.

Ismail added, the Government had also decided that the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) that was imposed in Kampung Sanglang and Kampung Tanah Timbul, Perlis and four other districts in Kubang Pasu and Padang Terap, Kedah will end today (Aug.26).

“The decision was made following no new COVID-19 cases were detected in all the areas involved. The Ministry of Health had screened test 1,397 people in Kampung Sanglang and Kampung Tanah Timbul and 7,000 settlers in Kubang Pasu and Padang Terap,” said Ismail.

However he added, there are few cases reported in four districts in Kedah involving the Tawar Cluster.

Ismail also reported that the Police had detained 122 individuals for not complying with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) and .out of which two individuals were remanded, two were on bail and 118 individuals had been compounded.-Malaysia World News


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