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What Ismail Sabri Said During Today’s Announcement (20 May)

What Ismail Sabri Said During Today’s Announcement (20 May)

Hakim Hassan

Here are the top three things that Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said during today’s daily announcement.

People are still trying to balik kampung

3,212 vehicles were caught trying to cross state lines and balik kampung for Hari Raya and were ordered to turn back.

Ismail reiterated that Malaysians are not allowed to going out of state during the festive season, especially to celebrate Hari Raya.

Ismail said interstate travel is only possible if there’s an emergency such as a relative falling ill or if someone recently passed away

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MKN to charge for quarantine hotels

Starting 1 June, those who come back from overseas and are quarantined in hotels will now have to pay for their stay there.

Malaysian citizens are required to pay half of the total RM150 cost, which is RM75, while the other half will be borne by the government.

Non-Malaysians, including Permanent Residents (PRs), will have to pay the full amount which is RM150.

Those who want to come back are required to sign an agreement to pay via the relevant embassies, which will then issue the approval letter to return to the country.

Meanwhile, he said, the Immigration Department will ensure that airliners make it a must for passengers to have that document with them before departing.

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Government allows for filming during CMCO

The government has given the green light for production companies to start filming during CMCO but only after the Aidilfitri festivities and they have to adhere to procedures set by the National Security Council and the Ministry of Health.

He said based on the feedback given by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, although the government will allow for shoots to be done after Raya, due to preparations, production companies are likely to start at the end of June.

There are a few procedures that they have to adhere to:

  • Auditions must be conducted online.
  • Submit all travel records of the production crew (including actors) for four weeks before shooting begins.
  • Not more than 20 people (including actors) are allowed at the set at one time.
  • Appoint a safety consultant to ensure that the procedures are observed.
  • Buffets are not allowed and the food needs to be served in individual packs.
  • Make up artists have to use a face shield and are required to wash their hands between sessions.

He said the crew still have to practice social distancing and scenes which require actors to be close are not allowed but Ismail said that its up to the creativity of the production studio to make the actors appear close together.

For now, the government only allows filming for dramas, movies and advertising while live performances such as theaters and concerts are still banned.

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