PUTRAJAYA: – The expatriate and skilled worker pass holders from the countries involved in the restriction to enter Malaysia are now given permission to enter following the government’s decision on September 10.
Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government has made the decision after announcing the travel restriction to long term pass holders to enter the country recently.
However, Ismail said, expatriates and the skilled workers have to get permission from the Malaysian Immigration Department (MID) and support letter from the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) or related agency.
“The permanent residents and Malaysian spouses have to apply through the MID to enter Malaysia with one journey only. Student pass holders from the countries involved are also permitted to enter prior Immigration’s application and no new student pass will be issued,” said Ismail at the press conference held here Thursday.
The Senior Minister added that foreign diplomats, families, and delegates related to bilateral relations are not included in the travel restriction.
Ismail said, the travel restriction was made earlier after considering the potentiality of the third wave threat before winter, and to control imported COVID-19 cases.
In another development, Ismail said, restaurants and grocery shops are now allowed to resume operations until 2am while Muslim foreigners are permitted to pray in the mosque and other non-Muslims are allowed to perform their prayers in the worship houses.
The government has also announced the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO-Administration) to be imposed in Kota Setar District, Kedah involving 366,786 people covering 28 small villages effective from Sept.11 till Sept.25.
Meanwhile, the same enforcement is imposed on the Tawau Prison and the prison quarters effective from Sept.11 until Sept.25 involving prisoners, 114 staffs, and 355 family members of the Prison Department of Malaysia at Tawau Prison.
Ismail reiterated, the Ministry of Health will screen test all involved throughout the enforcement of EMCO-Administration.
The government has also decided to extend the EMCO-Administration in Aman Jaya, Kedah until Sept.13 to ensure all involved have been screened test by the Ministry of Health (MOH) staff.
Regarding the non-compliance with the Recovery EMCO (REMCO). Ismail said, 198 individuals had been detained by the police, out of which 23 were remanded and 175 had been compounded.-Malaysia World News