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Ismail Sabri: No More Interstate Travel Restrictions, No More Passengers Per Vehicle Restrictions

Ismail Sabri: No More Interstate Travel Restrictions, No More Passengers Per Vehicle Restrictions

Here’s the latest update on what’s allowed and what’s not under the MCO, as of 6 December 2020.

Tasneem Nazari

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Malaysians will be happy to know that the government has decided to rescind the interstate travel ban that had been put in place, and go back to allowing movement between all states nationwide.

During his daily Covid-19 press conference yesterday, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that two changes to the current SOP; interstate and inter-district travel is allowed again and there will no longer be a ban in the number of passengers travelling inside a vehicle.  

As we know, the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) is supposed to end on 31 December. At this point, we don’t know whether it will be extended or not. But, life must go on.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

READ MORE: CMCO Extended For Kuala Lumpur, Most Of Selangor Until 20 Dec But Ending For Putrajaya, Most Of Negeri Sembilan

Ismail Sabri said these decisions were agreed upon between the relevant authorities after a discussion was held, adding that there was a need to maintain a balance between having a stable economy and maintaining the wellbeing of the people.

Nationwide inter-district and interstate travel allowed

We won’t have to go through these anymore. (Credit: Malay Mail)

Among the matters agreed on is that interstate and inter-district travel across the country will now be allowed except for areas under an enhanced MCO.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

According to Ismail Sabri, interstate and inter-district travel is allowed again across the country, regardless of whether an area is still under the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Instead, movement would only be restricted for areas under an enhanced MCO (EMCO).

He said starting 7th December, there will no longer be police roadblocks set up to manage movement between state borders. This also means that we will no longer be required to apply for police permission to travel.

Despite this, police will still be enforcing compliance with the standing SOP, depending on which SOP is enforced in your locality.

What’s important is that the public must follow the SOP. This is one of the ways to reduce Covid-19 infections. The police will be everywhere now to ensure compliance.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

It is important to note that while interstate travel is allowed again, whether or not domestic tourism is encouraged by the government during this time is unconfirmed. Ismail Sabri said that a meeting would be held with the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry to identify what should be permitted to open, and what would be required to remain closed.

Social visits to Sabah allowed

Sabahans who would like to return home for the Christmas holidays can do so, as long as they get tested before their travel dates. (Credit: Unsplash)

Ismail Sabri noted that social visits to Sabah are allowed again, too. Police permission is also no longer required for those who want to leave Sabah or travel between districts there.

Previously, Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun also said that the state is relaxing the SOP for travellers to Sabah ahead of the upcoming Christmas and holiday season as well as to prepare the state to welcome domestic tourists again.

However, it is mandatory for travellers to first undergo a Covid-19 RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) or RTK Antigen (Rapid Test Kit Antigen) Swab test three days before their interstate travel date.

Only those with no symptoms and those who test negative for Covid-19 will be allowed into Sabah.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

No more passenger limit in vehicles

Number of passengers per vehicle will depend on the vehicle’s capacity instead. (Credit: Ahmad Zamzahuri/Malay Mail)

Last but not least, Ismail Sabri also announced that there will no longer be a limit to the number of passengers riding inside one vehicle.

He said that the number of passengers in a vehicle will now only depend on the capacity of the vehicle in question.

If it’s a normal four-seater car, then four passengers are allowed. If it’s a seven-seater MPV, then seven passengers are allowed. It depends on the capacity of the vehicle.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

He said the number of passengers in a vehicle is still subject to traffic laws, adding that a seven-seater vehicle with 10 passengers may still be stopped by the police for breaking local traffic laws.

Be responsible

Please continue to maintain physical distance, wear your mask when in public, and keep washing and sanitising those hands! If you’re concerned, get tested. (Credit: Freepik)

Ismail Sabri ended his press conference reminding the public to act responsibly while the government allows the relaxation of certain restrictions under the various MCOs.

The most important thing is to be responsible. We must take care of ourselves and take care of our family. I think the best prevention against Covid-19 is ourselves; the steps we take to adhere to the SOP and take care of our own health.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

He urged the public to be proactive in taking the necessary steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from the pandemic, regardless of whether those practices are required by the government.

Say for example, if we were allowed to travel domestically again. We must take care of our health and keep our families safe. If you feel like you should get yourself tested before you travel, then be proactive and take a test to confirm your health status so you don’t accidentally infect others.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Defence) of Malaysia (Translated from BM)

He stressed that the government is not saying that a Covid-19 test is required when travelling between states, adding that it is our own responsibility to protect the people around us, and we should not only depend on directives from the government.


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