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If Your Daily Work Commute Involves Interstate Travelling, You Should Get A Letter From Your Company

If Your Daily Work Commute Involves Interstate Travelling, You Should Get A Letter From Your Company

Tasneem Nazari

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While many previous restrictions have been loosened with the start of the conditional movement control order (CMCO), it seems that some rules are making Malaysians more confused.

There’s one particular question that’s been on our minds, and apparently on the minds of our readers: Is it considered interstate travel if your daily commute to work requires you to cross state lines?

The answer is: Yes.

However, unlike those travelling across states for emergencies, or to return to or from their kampung, employees who travel between states to attend work don’t need to apply for interstate travel through the Gerak Malaysia app.

According to a source familiar with the matter who explained the issue to TRP,  if you get stopped at a roadblock while crossing state lines to go to work, you’ll need to show the police a letter from your employer.

Therefore, it might be wise to request that your employer issue you a letter confirming your employment and your reason to travel for you to use at police roadblocks.

Whether you live in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, and work in Kulim, Kedah. Or, you live in Selangor and work in KL. Or even if you live in Selangor, work in Selangor, but for some reason need to drive through KL during your commute, this rule still applies to you.

Again, we’d like to reiterate that the application for interstate travel through the Gerak Malaysia app is specifically for those who need to cross state lines for emergency situations or for those who got stuck in their hometowns during the MCO and need to return home.

In contrast, for those who need to cross state lines on a daily basis to go to their office, you’ll need a letter from your employer.


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