No travel ban during Aidil Fitri, only EMCO if necessary – PM

By Syafiah Sakirin

BERA (PAHANG), 24 January 2022: Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has given the government’s assurance that there will be no movement control order (MCO) enforcement and travel restrictions during Aidil Fitri this year, according to Bernama report.

He said that the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) targeted approach would be used only in the event of increasing cases in certain localities.

“There has been speculation, including that people cannot ‘balik raya’ as there has been an increase in cases in the past few days. Please don’t worry, we will not shut down the whole country, states or districts again.

“We will focus on targeted areas identified with a lot of infections by enforcing EMCO. If the village is subject to EMCO, then only those from that village will be disallowed from returning,” he told a press conference after a closed-door meeting with staff from the Bera Community Development Department (Kemas) at the Bera Kemas office here.

In another development, Ismail Sabri said the proposed standard operating procedure (SOP) for the Johor state election would be tabled in a special session of the National Security Council (MKN).

He said the Ministry of Health (MoH) would submit the detailed proposed SOPs in order to prevent an increase in COVID-19 positive cases due to the polls, besides taking into account the number of new cases, which had reached 4,000 cases over the past few days.

“We cannot be complacent, and need to continue to curb (COVID-19 transmission), even if we say we need to live with COVID-19 in the future. We hope that cases continue to drop to below 1,000 so that we can declare Malaysia as endemic, not pandemic.

“We leave it to the MoH to determine the SOPs in detail, and I can call a special meeting of the MKN to discuss them,” said Ismail Sabri.***

Source: Bernama

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