Malaysia Covid-19 Latest News

Immigration Dept ready for Aug 17 Johor-Singapore border reopening

Johor

The Johor Immigration Department is fully prepared to handle traffic across Johor Strait again next Monday when Malaysia and Singapore begin the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) travel. Its director Baharuddin Tahir said applications for the conditional scheme for both the RGL and PCA on August 17, 18 and 18 are fully taken up. “We will only allow 400 a week or 50 or 60 people a day for RGL which is open to all nationalities and 2,000 people a day under the PCA which is for Malaysian and Singaporean citizens only.

Opposition MPs ask Johor govt to bear quarantine costs for the poor

Johor

If the federal government is unwilling to cover the quarantine costs for poor Johoreans who want to return from Singapore, the Johor state government has the responsibility to do so. Akmal Nasir (PKR - Johor Baru) said the Johor administration should emulate the Sarawak state government which bears the total quarantine costs for all Sarawakians returning to the state.

Cops: 29 issued compounds for failing to wear face masks in Johor

Johor

Up to 29 individuals have been issued compounds in Johor for not wearing face masks in public transport and crowded places. Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said 26 compounds were issued in Kota Tinggi district, while another three were in Iskandar Puteri. It follows checks conducted by police at 389 public places from yesterday until 12pm today.

Johor police: Over 4,000 arrested in the state since MCO started

Johor

Johor police have arrested 4,225 people statewide since the movement control order (MCO) was first implemented on March 18. Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that on Sunday (July 26) alone, some 74 people were compounded for violating the recovery MCO. “We have 203 teams comprising 1,511 personnel carrying out checks statewide, ” he said.

Cross-border travel between Malaysia and Singapore expected in August

Johor

Cross-border travel under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) is expected to start on Aug 17 at the earliest. This comes after Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein met with his Singapore counterpart Dr Vivian Balakrishnan at the Causeway here on Sunday (July 26).

Legoland Malaysia Resort reopens to visitors

Johor

After months of temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Legoland Malaysia Resort is now reopened to visitors while operating at reduced capacity as a precaution, starting yesterday. Its divisional director Lim Choong Sean said the theme park welcomes its visitors into its hotel as well as its interactive underwater attraction, Sea Life Malaysia.

Muslims in Johor can visit graves as long as SOP is followed

Johor

Muslims in the state will be allowed to visit graves during the recovery movement control order (MCO) that begins on June 10, as long as they follow the new standard operating procedures (SOP). Johor Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said permission is given based on the advice from the Health Ministry.

Johor ready to reopen schools under strict guidelines

Johor

Johor is well prepared to restart the school session and will be strictly following the Health Ministry’s guidelines, says state Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang. He said the state Education Department had carried out a briefing for all 11 district education offices to update the officials on the new standard operating procedure.

2,720 still under quarantine at centres in Johor

Johor

A total of 2,720 people are still housed at the quarantine centres around the state. Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan (pic) said as of Sunday (May 24), there were 59 quarantine stations in the state with the capacity to house some 10,200 individuals. "A total of 21,439 visitors were recorded to have entered the state and some 16,215 of them were sent to quarantine centres while 5,140 were given a home surveillance order. "Since May 8, all visitors entering the state were sent to quarantine centres," he said in a statement here on Tuesday (May 26).

Do not cheer for mat rempits, Johor police chief warns Malaysians

Johor

Johor police have urged the public not to cheer mat rempits for their stunts or jeer police for acting against these public nuisance who are violating the law, especially the conditional movement control order (CMCO). He was commenting on a video trending on social media since last night showing a few mat rempits pushing their motorcycles accompanied by a team of motorcycle police patrol while the takbir raya was being played. The scene drew a lot of criticisms from netizens. Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said some members of the community have disputed the matter and consider it as an insult to Islam.

Covid-19: ‘Jejak Johor’ app can help in contact tracing, says MB

Johor

The Johor government has launched a “Jejak Johor” application to assist in contact tracing to curb the spread of Covid-19, said Mentri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad. He said the app would allow the Johor State Health Department (JKNJ) to obtain users’ contact record and inform them immediately of any risks of Covid-19 infection.

More Macau scam cases during MCO

Johor

Police here have recorded 34 Macau scam cases during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO from March 18 until May 18 with losses amounting to almost RM500,000. Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ahsmon Bajah said pensioners and farmers who owned land were targeted.

Police have power to conduct house visits

Johor

The police have the authority to conduct house visits under Rule 13 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) (Measures Within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020. Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said under the regulations, homeowners are required to provide the necessary information requested by the police.

Cops record 20% increase in phone scams during MCO period

Johor

Police have recorded an increase of 20% in Macau scam cases during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO from March 18 until May 18, with losses amounting close to half a million. Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ahsmon Bajah (pic) said that the syndicate usually targets pensioners and farmers who own land as their victims. “The case has increased to 34 cases during the period, compared with 28 cases from January until March 17 with recorded losses at RM480,000.

No stop to medical and dental specialist treatments

Johor

People in need of medical specialist and dental treatments need not worry as they can continue seeing doctors at all government hospitals and health clinics statewide during the conditional movement control order (MCO). State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said operating hours for specialist clinics remained unchanged.

Johor allows Friday, Aidilfitri prayers, subject to SOPs under conditional MCO

Johor

The Johor government has allowed Friday and Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers as well as akad nikah (solemnisation of marriage) ceremony to be held throughout the state during the conditional movement control order period. State Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has given a decree in allowing the matter to be held statewide. The Bukit Permai assemblyman said Friday prayers can be held at mosques starting May 15.

Cops to seek remand extension for 'uncooperative' Patrick Teoh

Johor

Police would be requesting for an extension to the remand order for former radio announcer and actor Patrick Teoh, who is being investigated for allegedly insulting the Johor Crown Prince. Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay that the investigations could not be completed, as Teoh has not been cooperating with the police.

Johor Health Dept screens 317 madrasah students as preventive measure, says state rep

Johor

The Johor Health Department recently conducted a Covid-19 screening on 317 students of several madrasahs here as a preventive measure, said state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan. He said the screening was conducted as a follow-up to the clusters associated with the Sri Petaling gathering cluster.

Increased services at Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal

Johor

The Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal will increase its operations in phases during the conditional movement control order (MCO). Johor works, transport and infrastructure committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said currently only 10 bus companies were operating, with three interstate trips daily.

Johor Health Dept denies Covid-19 positive case at Sentral Clinic, Bandar Utama Segamat

Johor

The Johor Health Department today denied that there was a Covid-19 positive patient at the Sentral Clinic, Bandar Utama Segamat, as being viralled on the social media. Its director, Dr Aman Rabu, in a statement uploaded on the department’s official Facebook today, said the viralled information was not true and urged the public not to spread fake news to avoid causing anxiety or confusion in the community. The statement was issued in response to two videos that were viralled on Facebook since yesterday of several individuals clad in personal protective equipment (PPE) carrying a man into an ambulance.

Johor agrees to implement Putrajaya’s CMCO with conditions, says MB

Johor

Johor has decided to comply with the federal government’s move to relax the movement control order (MCO), which will allow most businesses to reopen, with conditions. Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Muhammad said that the state government has agreed to implement the conditional movement control order (CMCO) starting today.

MCO: Johor NSC op centre receives an average of 100 calls per day

Johor

The Johor National Security Council (NSC) operation centre has received an average of between 80 and 100 calls per day since the movement control order (MCO) started on March 18. State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the NSC started its operation when the first Covid-19 case was detected in Johor in February.

41 arrested in Johor on Friday (May 1)

Johor

A total of 41 people were arrested in Johor for flouting the movement control order (MCO) on Friday (May 1). Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that as of Friday, the total number of people arrested for not abiding by the MCO had gone up to 3,544.

Timely help for breastfeeding mums stranded in Singapore

Johor

A special delivery was made from across the Causeway to a group of babies here. The delivery comprised packs of frozen breast milk from mothers working in Singapore and unable to come home due to work commitments and the movement control order (MCO).

Johor reports three new imported Covid-19 cases from Singapore, says state rep

Johor

The Johor government today revealed that it has detected three new non-domestic Covid-19 positive cases in the state, bringing the cumulative cases to 663. Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the three new cases were from Malaysians who have returned from Singapore. He said the three tested positive for Covid-19 while undergoing their mandatory stay at one of the quarantine stations in the state.

Be prepared to face a new way of life, folk urged

Johor

Employees working from home during the movement control order (MCO) must keep themselves physically and mentally active and prepared to face a new normal way of life. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia counselling centre director Dr Zulfikar Ahmad said the MCO has created an unusual situation, with Malaysians having to face and learn new ways of leading their lives.

Police arrest 64 people for breaching MCO in Johor

Johor

Sixty-four people were arrested in the state for flouting the movement control order (MCO) on Wednesday (April 29). Johor Police Chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay (pic) said that as of Wednesday, the total number of people arrested for not abiding by the MCO had gone up to 3,458.

More than 15,000 workers in Johor affected by pay cuts, termination during MCO, new state Labour Dept stats show

Johor

A total of 15,597 employees in Johor took salary cuts or have been laid off during the movement control order (MCO) period since it started on March 18. Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said of the total figure, 11,110 employees had received salary cuts, 1,443 were terminated, while 180 had voluntarily quit their employment.