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Key Points From Ismail Sabri’s RMCO Daily Press Conference (June 11)

Key Points From Ismail Sabri’s RMCO Daily Press Conference (June 11)

Hakim Hassan

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Here are they key points from Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s daily press conference:

Hotels no longer serve as quarantine centres

Ismail Sabri said hotels in the country will no longer be makeshift quarantine centres for Malaysians who are returning to the country.

Those returning from outside of Malaysia are now required to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.

The government in talks to allow for water-based activities

The Ministry of Youth and Sports will discuss with experts, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ministry of Housing and Local Government and other related agencies to finalise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to allow for water based-activities to restart.

Ismail Sabri said the SOP will then be presented to the Ministry of Health and the National Security Council.

E-hailing without time limit, passengers now limited to car capacity

The government has allowed for e-hailing and taxi services to operate round the clock again and they can fill up passengers according to the vehicle’s capacity.

Previously they were only allowed to operate up to 10pm.

Those wanting to use these services must download the MySejahtera app and they’re required to use cashless transactions.

Everyone in the vehicle will be required to wear masks during the trip and drivers must ensure that their vehicle is sanitised.

Express buses now can operate without time or capacity limit

Ismail said due to the nature of express buses having to travel cross country which requires a lot time, the government has allowed for them to operate without any time limits.

He also added that passengers can fill up the buses at full capacity, but bus operators must register passengers via the MySejahtera app or manually for contact tracing for Covid-19 related matters.

Everyone is required to wear masks at all times and operators are required to conduct body temperature checks and give masks to those who don’t have them.

Operators are also required to sanitise buses regularly.

Public transport can now operate at full capacity

Ismail Sabri also added that public buses, ferries, trains, will also be allowed to operate at full capacity like express buses.

For public transport where passengers can stand up like LRTs, they are required to observe preventive measures.

The train driver and passengers are required to wear masks, use the MySejahtera app and hand sanitisers.

Domestic flights are allowed at full capacity

Domestic flights are allowed to operate at full capacity but airliners have to adhere to measures such as body temperature checks, and those in the aircraft are required to wear masks.

Non-family members can now ride the same vehicle

The government has allowed for carpooling with non-family members according to the vehicle’s capacity.

Previously it was only limited to family members within the same house.

Many will travel interstate

Ismail Sabri said the government foresees that Malaysians will take the opportunity to balik kampung after restrictions have been eased during the RMCO.

As of 12 June, vehicles have increased on the PLUS highway from the previous day of 1.2 million to 2.04 million.

Meanwhile, Karak also recorded an increase in the number of vehicles from 37,789 on the previous day to 85,985 on June 12.

He said the police will monitor traffic and R&R stops to ensure the SOPs are observed.

Government to introduce Act in Parliament to address wedding cancellation payment issues

Ismail Sabri said the government is aware that some hall operators and make-up artists are refusing to refund deposits and payments even though weddings were called off due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

He said the government will introduce a new Bill to Parliament to address this issue.

Patrons can report on businesses that don’t adhere to SOP

Ismail Sabri said that patrons can report to authorities if business premises do not adhere to SOP such as social distancing, body temperature checks, etc.

He said action will be taken on premises which ignore the SOP.


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