UPU online application extended to 17 April, 97% MCO compliance

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 4: The Ministry of Higher Education has extended the UPU online application closing date to April 17 for SPM and STPM candidates to enter public universities, Teachers’ Teaching Institute, Matriculation College, community college and Public Skill Training Institute (ILKA).

The extension is in view of the COVID-19 and Movement Control Order (MCO) that has affected the normal schedule of the academic calendar.

Minister of Defence and Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob when announcing the extension of the closing date of UPU online application said, parents should not worry about their children that stay in campus throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“The students’ welfare that stays in campus is well taken care of by the Ministry of Higher Education and for that parents should not worry about them even though MCO has been extended until April 14,” he said in a press conference here today.

Ismail added, the rate of public’s compliance to MCO has increased to 97% even though the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) has not given the exact figures.

On detention rate at roadblocks and police patrols, Ismail said, the number has dropped to 413 compared to 524 (Thursday) or 21.18% . Meanwhile 362 individuals have been charged in the courts.

The police has also made 731 roadblocks and checked 426,764 vehicles, carried out 26,202 spot checks and 4,171 premises have been checked.

Relating to the imposition of 14 days quarantine to all incoming visitors including Malaysians coming from abroad, Ismail said yesterday (April 3) about 1,188 have been quarantined with 711 people arriving in KLIA.

“Since March 19, about 4,933 people have been quarantined throughout the country. About 90 quarantine centres have been opened since then.

“For those who were on transit at KLIA before flying back to Sabah and Sarawak but without flight ticket as a travel proof, then they are to be quarantined at KLIA.

“All passengers are taken by buses to the quarantine centres and not by the prison buses or trucks like what have been viral by some irresponsible people. The trucks are used only to carry passengers’ bags,” Ismail said.

Regarding fake news since MCO was enforced and on COVID-19, Ismail said, since April 3, 184 investigation papers have been opened by the police and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission and 20 cases have been charged in the courts. –Malaysia World News

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