5 states entered Phase Two of NRP, school teachers, pupils in examination classes permitted to travel inter-state/district –Senior Minister


KUALA LUMPUR JULY 3: Five states including Perlis, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang have successfully entered into the Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) after reaching the three threshold indicators relating to COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the three indicators include the COVID-19 transmission in the community based on the number of daily infection  rate; the rate of beds’ usage and the percentage of the population of Malaysia that have received two doses of vaccine inoculations.

“After the National Security Council (MKN) had made a detailed evaluation  and taking opinions from various parties including the people who have been affected, the government agreed to implement the shift of the NRP according to the achievement in the threshold indicators,” Ismail said in a statement here today.

Ismail said, under Phase Two of the NRP, the inter-state/district travel is still not permitted. However, exemption is given to the school teachers’ movement and the pupils in examination classes.

“Special exemption is also given to long distance couples in emergency cases and special requirements with the permission from the Royal Police of Malaysia (RPM),” Ismail added.

According to Ismail, the list of positive sectors permitted to operate will be extended to business and distribution sectors covering book shop and stationeries, computer and telecommunication, electrical goods, car wash shop and barber shop (basic hair cut service only).

The Senior Minister added, farmers’ and morning markets are allowed to operate from 7.00am until 11.00am and the sales are limited to six main commodities including vegetables, fruits, groceries, processed chicken, sea food and meat.

However he said, the weekly market, night and guest market are still not allowed to operate.

Under the Phase Two of NRP, the workers’ capacity in essential services will be increased to 80 per cent. The employers should ensure that the physical distancing and standard operating procedure (SOP) will be adhered to at all times.

“All individual non-physical sports and recreational activities should adhere to physical distancing of two to three metres for the purpose health; fitness and self-perseverance are allowed.

“The sports activities include jogging, exercise, “taichi”, cycling, skate boarding, fishing, equestrian, archery and climbing, single tennis, golf, motoring and alike.  

“The religious activities in Phase Two are subjected to the SOP that had been fixed by the state local authorities,” Ismail added.

On the agricultural activities, Ismail said, to ensure the continuity of national food supply, the padi planting areas that are located in EMCO localities such as Ijok and Kuala Selangor are allowed to operate.

Regarding the legal firms, Ismail said, following the courts are opened starting 5th July 2021,the documentation process that involves government departments including land office, banking institution and court proceedings and others will be implemented. As such the government agreed to allow the legal offices to operate as usual.

However Ismail said, the detailed SOP will be announced by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and law) in the near future.

On another development, Ismail highlighted that the Task Force Compliance Operation had made 2,943 checks on factories, 16,168 business premises and 81 workers’ hostels and out of which five factories and four premises were directed to close down due to non-compliance with the government’s directives and the SOP.

Meanwhile, the Task Force Compliance Operation headed by the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) yesterday had detained 711 individuals for not adhering to the SOP and out of which 672 individuals had been issued with compounds while 39 were remanded.

Among the non-compliance activities committed are failing to record personal details/registration when entering premises (169), not wearing mask (121), no physical distancing (116), not adhering to the movement control order (61), carrying more passengers (23) and others (221). –Malaysia World News


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