KUALA LUMPUR: The government has decided to extend the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) to another four weeks until Jun 9 with the same standard operating procedure (SOP) in force while the list of economic sectors permitted to resume will be announced later.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the Malaysians to adopt new norms in their daily lives since March 18 when the first MCO was enforced. Nevertheless with the extension of CMCO, most people feel safer and more secured.
On the extension of CMCO, Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, several festivals will be held during the enforcement of the Order including Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Keamatan Festival and Gawai Day and as such people will be moving a lot to celebrate the festive season.
“I would like to remind that inter-state travel is still not permitted under CMCO. However this does not mean that we cannot celebrate the festivals. The people are allowed to visit their neighbours and relatives living in the same state but in a limited number of 20 persons at any one time.
“Every family has to adhere to the health SOP like social distance of one meter from one another, put on mask and have optimum personal hygiene (wash hands with water and sanitizer/soap) throughout the festival
“The house should be clean all the times; wash all plates, spoons, forks, pots and others after being used by guests,” Muhyiddin said in a special address telecasted on TV1 here today.
Muhyiddin added, the people are also advised to avoid crowded places and enclosed space and when talking to guests be sure to keep the distant as in the SOP.
Regarding “solat berjemaah” in the mosque including Friday prayers for Muslims, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is studying in detail the procedure or SOPs before presenting it to His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the Federal Head of Islam and the rulers of states for approval. Only after the approval, the government could announce the permission to have prayers in groups in the mosque.
Muhyiddin added, the government will also announce the SOPs for the Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and others to have their prayers in the worship places.
The prime minister also gives privilege to the married couple who works in different states to have inter-state travel including Sabah and Sarawak by applying through Gerak Malaysia or visit the nearest police station.
As for the “Prihatin National Assistance” (PNA), Muhyiddin said the government has extended the date of appeal to May 31 and they could go to the Income Tax counter starting Monday May 11.
“Yesterday the government has approved 2.3 million applications including the new and the appeals involving the sum of RM1.7 billion. The number of PNA applicants currently is 10.6 million and with the approval, RM11 billion will be paid out,” Muhyiddin said. –Malaysia World News.