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Important Things The PM Said Besides MCO 2.0 On 13 January

Important Things The PM Said Besides MCO 2.0 On 13 January

He said a lot of things, these are the important points.

Tasneem Nazari

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Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced that Malaysia will be again placed under a lockdown for two weeks starting Wednesday, 13 January 2021 until Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

While the implementation of MCO is the first takeaway from his announcement, the prime minister also mentioned other important things during his address.

The situation today is indeed very alarming. Our healthcare system is under tremendous pressure now than at any other time since the start of the pandemic. As I have said before, unprecedented situations call for unprecedented measures.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia

1. Social activities NOT ALLOWED

To break the chain of Covid-19 transmission, social activities that involve the gathering of crowds, such as weddings, conferences, processions (including religious ones like Thaipusam), Chinese New Year, meetings, seminars, courses, and group sports are NOT ALLOWED under any circumstances.

However, for states under RMCO, social activities are allowed, subject to strict standard operating procedures.

2. Inter-state travel NOT ALLOWED nationwide

Inter-state travel has been banned nationwide. Meanwhile, in states under MCO, inter-district travel is also NOT ALLOWED.

3. Roadblocks will be set up to control the movement of the people

Roadblocks will begin at midnight (12.01 am) on Wednesday, 13 January.

For states under MCO, movement will be limited to a 10km radius only. This is to allow people to go out only for the purpose of buying essential items from nearby supermarkets or grocery stores.

Furthermore, only 2 people per household allowed to go out and travel in the same vehicle in areas under MCO.

Any person found to be in violation of this order can be fined RM1,000.

4. Economic sectors that are ALLOWED to open

These industries have been deemed as essential economic sectors because their role supports the supplying of basic necessities such as food, household items, personal care, PPE equipment, medical and health services, international trade activities, ensuring supply chains are unbroken and supporting critical infrastructure and emergency services.

They are:

  • Factories and manufacturing sector
  • Construction sector
  • Business and services sector
  • Supply and distribution sector
  • Farming and plantations sector
  • Commodities

5. Only 30% of staff under management departments are allowed to be in office

Although these above economic sectors are allowed to continue operating, only 30% of their management staff are allowed to be in at their workplace. 

Meanwhile, for supporting staff, the number of employees required to be at the workplace at one time will be determined by the respective employers.

The number of employees allowed in the workplace must take into account the strict compliance of SOP.

6. International Trade & Industry Ministry (MITI) will detail the types of services listed as essential economic sectors

MITI and the Public Works Department will inform the details for the continued operations of construction work. 

7. For sectors NOT deemed as essential, all employees must WORK FROM HOME

All employers must comply with this order to reduce the movement of people within the community, especially in high-density areas.

8. Under MCO, restaurants, hawkers & food stalls are allowed to operate ONLY for take-away services

Meanwhile, for states under CMCO and RMCO, restaurants and hawkers are allowed to operate as usual according to the set SOPs.

Food delivery services are ALLOWED to continue operating.

Supermarkets, health services (including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies), and banks are ALLOWED to operate in MCO areas

Follow SOPs while in these places, wear your masks properly, maintain physical distancing, and use hand sanitiser frequently.

If there is no immediate or urgent need to go out, please stay at home.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia

10. Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has assured that the supply of goods in all retail sectors is sufficient

They will be monitoring the supply of goods such as sugar, cooking oil, flour, white bread, powdered milk, chicken, vegetables, eggs, onions, hand sanitiser, and facemasks, on a daily basis.

11. Exam candidates are ALLOWED to go to school

Although there are strict movement control orders for areas under MCO, exceptions are given to students who will be sitting for exams, including SPM candidates for 2020 and 2021 sessions.

They are allowed to go to school under strict SOPs. The Education Ministry will detail these SOPs soon.

12. Limitations for religious activities

Only committee members are allowed to pray in mosques and other places of worship in areas under MCO, at a maximum of 5 people.

For areas under RMCO and CMCO, religious activities are still allowed with minimum attendance set in the SOPs.

State religious authorities are advised to determine the appropriate number of attendees allowed.

13. Going out for recreational activities is ALLOWED, but with household members ONLY

Realising that isolation for a long period of time can affect mental health, the people are allowed to leave their homes for recreational activities with household members only.

People are reminded to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others at all times.

If you want to jog, do not have more than two people, and if you’re cycling, don’t do it in groups. It’s enough to just go by yourself.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia

14. High-level committee has been formed to ensure the effective implementation of these measures in the community

The committee is meant to prove the government’s commitment to empowering the community. It will be chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Government, together with the Minister of Special Duties.

15. Phase 3 of clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine will begin on 21 January 2021 at 9 hospitals

The hospitals involved will be those under the Health Ministry and the clinical trials will be held under their respective Clinical Research Centre (CRC).

These trials are expected to involve 3,000 volunteers and Malaysia will be the first country outside of China to become a candidate for the study of the inactivated Covid-19 vaccine done by the Institute of Medical Biology Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China (IMBCAMS).

All regulatory requirements, including ethical approval from the Medical Review and Ethics Committee (MREC) and the Clinical Trial Import License (CTIL) from the NPRA, was obtained on 8 January 2021.

16. Malaysia is expected to receive Pfizer vaccine supply for the first phase at the end of February

The NPRA and Ministry of Health have approved the registration of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

As a preliminary preparation measure to ensure the distribution of vaccines to the people takes place smoothly, the Health Ministry has developed a National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan.

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