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Your Condominium Admin Can Mandate Coronavirus Test: Ismail Sabri

Kuala Lumpur: The management staff of your condominium has the right to make the coronavirus tests mandatory, senior minister Ismail Sabri said today. The administration, he said, may ask the residents to submit to Covid-19 tests and bar those who fail to comply. Several condo managements have set up this requirement recently. “Yes they can. To ensure the safety of residents, the management of condominium or apartments can make such rules,” the minister said.

In another important development, the minister annnounced that an extension of operating hours for the essential businesses until 10pm, starting from tomorrow.

The essential businesses include – supermarkets, pharmacies, sundry shops, convenient stores, optometrists, laundrettes and pet shops. Ismail Sabri Yaakob that forestry and timber industry related businesses are also allowed to opearate till 10 pm. The move comes weeks after the government extended business hours for restaurants to 10pm.

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Essential Businesses Can Now Operate Till 10pm

Kuala Lumpur: The government today decided to extend operating hours for the essential businesses until 10pm starting from tomorrow.

The essential businesses include – supermarkets, pharmacies, sundry shops, convenient stores, optometrists, laundrettes and pet shops, senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. The minister said that forestry and timber industry related businesses are also allowed to opearate till 10 pm. The move comes weeks after the government extended business hours for restaurants to 10pm.

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Gloves Not Compulsory, Says Ismail Sabri

Kuala Lumpur: Senior Minister of security Ismail Sabri Yaakob today clarified that it is not compulsory to wear gloves under the National Security Council’s Standard Operating Procedures amid Movement Control Order.

Taking to Twitter, he stated that there is no SOP for glove-wearing. This comes after a recent video of a police officer issuing a fine to a shopkeeper, who was not wearing gloves, went viral.

However, in the video, the reason behind the compound was not clear.

Later, the Putrajaya district police chief Mohd Fadzil Ali said that the woman was summoned for not complying with the SOPs.

He said the worker was issued a compound for not recording the temperature and failing to register himself on the MySejahtera app prior to starting work.

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Govt Declares MCO In Kelantan From Tomorrow

Kuala Lumpur: Amid the national emergency, the government has decided to implement the Movement Control Order (MCO) throughout the state of Kelantan, starting from 16 January to 26 January in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The decision came out following the sudden spike in the number of Covid-19 cases over the past week, Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a press conference here on Friday.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said the move comes after a sharp increase in cluster cases in communities throughout Kelantan at this time. As of 14 January, more than 1,600 positive cases have been recorded in Kelantan.

The senior minister said in its statement that the average daily cases have increased to around 80 to 100 cases since 10 January. While the number of active cases have also increased sharply from 328 to 891 cases.

According to Ismail Sabri, the MOH also confirmed that 90 percent of the districts in the state are now in the red and orange zones. He said, all guidelines and SOPs related to the PKP directives announced earlier are applicable.

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MCO 2.0: Here’s What Will Change From Midnight tonight

Kuala Lumpur: Business will be allowed to run from 6 am to 8 pm during the period of Movement Control Order (MCO), senior minister Ismail Sabri Yakoob confirmed hours before imposing the new restrictions in most affected Covid-19 states and federal states.

Issuing the new guideline ahead of imposing the MCO, Ismail Sabri said police will start barricading and conducting roadblocks, starting Wednesday at midnight for the next 14 days.

No interstate movement will be allowed during the MCO, said Ismail Sabri.

Police will also stop patrolling on roads after 8 pm, while only the main highways will remain open for 24 hours.

Timing Businesses
6 am to 8 pm Sundry shops, Launderettes
7 am to 2 pm General markets and farm markets
11 am to 4 pm and midnight to 6 am Wholesale markets
24 Hours Hospitals and clinics
Complete banned: nightclubs, pubs and karaoke, theme parks, cinemas and indoor playgrounds, concerts, face-to-face meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, tourism activities and sports competitions, night markets, spas and reflexology outlets, salons and hairdressers, optometrists, tuition classes, music, dance, art, religious and language classes.

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Govt Yet To Decide On Cross District Moments: Ismail Sabri

Kuala Lumpur: The government has yet to make a decision to cross-district and state movements due to the increase in new Covid-19 cases and clusters. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) is studying and making a risk assessment on the matter.

According to him, although cross-states and districts are still allowed, the government always reminds the people to continue to comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb Covid-19.

“People can also voluntarily undergo a swab test if they want to get out of the red zone to ensure Covid-19 is free.

“Similarly, those who want to return to the green zone can undergo a swab test before returning,” he said at the Covid-19 daily press conference on Tuesday.

Over the past few weeks, the Covid-19 positive cases are still recorded in four figures.

In fact, the number of active cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia is approaching capacity at the Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Center (PKRC) and the gazetted hospital to treat the pandemic patient.

Yesterday, Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was reported to have said that currently active cases reached 22,089 while the capacity for patient treatment was 23,000.

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Covid-19 Update: 3 Areas Under EMCO, Over 450 Detain For Violating SOPs

Kuala Lumpur: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that three regions will be placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) starting from 28 December to 10 January.

In a statement, he said that the areas include Johor and one in Negeri Sembilan. Adding that the decision was made after 125 of the 171 inmates at the district police headquarters were found positive for Covid-19.

Ismail said the Johor Bahru Correctional Centre in Pontian and staff quarters will be placed under an EMCO. While, all the detainees from the Kota Tinggi district police headquarters will be placed at the Segitiga Hall in Taman Desa Sejahtera, Kota Tinggi, which will be under lockdown.

The move would involve 937 inmates, 322 staff and 128 of their family members living in the 102 staff quarters.

Meanwhile, he said police detained 456 people for violating movement control order. He said 421 of them were fined, 34 remanded and one granted bail.

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M-League Starting Next Month, With Different SOPs

Kuala Lumpur: Senior Minister of Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Malaysian Super League (M-League) will start next month, however with different standard operating procedures, depending on restrictions enforced in the area.

He said sports and recreational activities and competition in recovery movement control order (RMCO) areas would be allowed with a maximum of only 4,000 spectators.

In areas under CMCO, matches are allowed without spectators, while in EMCO areas, matches are not allowed.

Earlier, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had raised his concerns over allowing the cup competitions, considering there would be a lot of physical contact between the players.

Yesterday, Malaysia reported 1,220 new Covid-19 cases, with 665 cases or 54% of the lot contributed by Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

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Covid-19 Will Remain Like Other Diseases, We Cannot Close Country For Too Long: Ismail Sabri

Kuala Lumpur: Senior Minister of Security Ismail Sabri said that the government is in no position to shut down the nation for a longer period of time, considering the degrading economy. He said that at some point they have let the people move freely, as this Coronavirus is never going to end and will stay with us like other diseases.

However, he is hoping that Malaysians would adhere to social distancing and the rules provided by the authorities when they have the freedom to move freely.

He stated he has faith that if people come together and comply with the guidelines Covid-19 curve could be flattened.

While on the rising number of cases, he said that it is because of the mandatory screenings of foreign workers rule. However, he said that the government can control the cases as long as it stays between the foreign workers.

Earlier, he had a special meeting with the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail at Istana Arau, along with the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.

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Coronavirus RMCO: Police Nabs 480 Individual’s For violating SOPs

Kuala Lumpur: Police has arrested 480 individuals for various offences under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) yesterday. Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that 470 people were issued compounds while 17 were remanded.

The violations include not maintaining physical distance, not wearing face masks, taking part in activities that made physical distancing difficult, breaking quarantine rules and operating businesses beyond the specified time, and failing to record the particulars of guests.

Authorities also detained 25 undocumented migrants and one skipper yesterday as part of the ongoing Ops Benteng campaign.

Meanwhile, the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in the Seremban Prison and its staff quarters, Negri Sembilan have been extended another two weeks to 21 December.

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