KUALA LUMPUR NOV.11: The government has decided that the Malaysia Cup Football Tournament be postponed while the participation of the national team in a championship held in Doha, Qatar is also not allowed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the football tournament is to be postponed as the impact to the health of the players are high as the game does not allow players to put on mask, players frequently touching each other while playing on the field, many workers are involved and many players will be travelling on the same bus.
“It is also difficult to set and determine the standard operating procedure (SOP) while the players are in the dressing room,” said Ismail in his daily press conference held here today.
Ismail said, the policy of not allowing citizens to travel abroad still remains and the football team are not allowed to travel to Qatar as the SOPs over there are also not known.
In the special meeting on the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) held today, Ismail said, throughout the enforcement of the Order tournaments are not allowed to be held and as such the basketball championship and Sukma Games in Johor have been cancelled.
Regarding the problems of working parents to place their children at the childcare centres, kindergartens and nurseries that have been closed, Ismail said, the permission to work from homes for those in the states under Recovery MCO like Kelantan, Pahang and Perlis have been granted.
“We are now waiting for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to come up with the SOP at the childcare centres,” said Ismail.
Referring to the video alleging the police had summoned the person sitting beside a driver that had gone viral, Ismail said, the summon was not due to the person sitting beside the driver but because the hand phone had been used while driving.
In another development, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) that have been imposed on the Remand Prison and the Quarters for the Remand Prison in Penang and EMCO in Mutiara Kasih Apartment and Taman Khazanah Indah, Lahad Datu, Sabah had both been lifted on 11th November 2020.
According to Ismail, the EMCO in Mutiara Kasih Apartment and Taman Khazanah Indah, Lahad Datu, Sabah had been lifted following the results of the second screening tests on 5,189 people had showed negative results on 10th November.
Meanwhile EMCO has been imposed on the Medan 88, Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Selangor effective 12th until 25th Nov.2020 following 39 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in that area on 5th November . The EMCO affects 88 shop houses, 284 premises and 800 people.
On the “Benteng” Operation held yesterday (10th Nov.) Ismail mentioned that 31 illegal immigrants and five smugglers had been detained along with six vehicles were seized in the 342 road blocks held nationwide.
“The people are urged to contact the National Task Force hotline at 01162511223 for information regarding the illegal immigrants and the cross-border criminals,” said Ismail. –Malaysia World News