PUTRAJAYA: The government today has decided that swab test is compulsory on all migrant security guards and the Ministry of Home Affairs will release its directive shortly.
Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the swab test is pertinent as security guards take the body temperature of customers at the entrance door of shopping mall and other public services and facilities.
Ismail said, the nine Nepalese security guards from a mall in Cheras and others infected with positive COVID-19 have been isolated and taken to the hospital.
“The Ministry of Health will decide on whether the affected mall will be closed or not,” he said in his daily press conference here today.
Ismail reiterated that putting on a mask is not compulsory but the government encourages people to put it on while at public places.
“If a shopping mall insists on customers to put on masks before entering then they should provide masks for sale but not to the extent of barring them from entering.
“Putting on a mask is not compulsory under Act 342 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and as such it is not against the law or any procedure,” he said.
Ismail was responding to a question of whether wearing a mask is compulsory as certain shopping mall does not allow customers to enter without a mask on.
Regarding the four days interstate travel until May 10, Ismail said, travellers are not allowed to divert to another place along the journey home except to the destination as written in the application form to the police.
For the Muslims who are fasting, Ismail urges them to bring packed food along to enable them to break their fast without having to stop or divert to another place to search for food.
Ismail also highlighted that six people from the same family could travel in a car during the four day inter- state programme but after May 10 one car could only take four persons and inter-state travel is only permitted with the police’s permission and on emergency case like death incident and medical purposes.
For the inter-state travel, the Royal Police of Malaysia (RPM) has given permits to 70,538 vehicle owners in Perak, Johore, and Kelantan to go back to their houses.
Meanwhile, 54,151 permits were given to the applicants in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Melaka and Pahang while 77,836 permits were granted to those in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu.