Authorities have decided to permit mosques and suraus (prayer halls) outside of Covid-19 red zones in the Federal Territories to restart their normal operations, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. The senior minister said this was due to strict compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) observed at mosques already operating.
The Special Ministerial Committee has approved in principle the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the resumption of businesses in tourism sub-sectors, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today. These include spa, wellness centres and reflexology premises. It also includes Meeting, Incentives, Convention and Exhibitions (MICE) industry as well as the trade and travel fest within the country.
Employers who want to engage foreign workers have been reminded to check the authenticity of Covid-19 screening documents submitted by workers with the health office. Bukit Aman Commercial CID deputy director, DCP Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said the matter is important to avoid creating new clusters due to irresponsible foreign workers who forged their health document.
The Health Ministry today announced 41 more people have been diagnosed as Covid-19 positive, putting Malaysia’s total number of cases at 8,494 to date. However, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total active cases currently stand at 973 — still below the 1,000 mark.
THE relaxation of restrictions under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) can be reversed if Malaysians fail to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) and safety measures enforced from June 10. This was the warning from Defence Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday following reports of SOP and social distancing violations.
All 5,230 non-Muslim places of worship can now operate, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister said the time and days of operation are as per their normal operating schedule before the movement control order (MCO) was imposed. However, these places are expected to ensure that the standard operating procedure is adhered to by the worshippers such as social distancing and taking temperature before joining the congregation.
Malaysians are encouraged to get themselves tested for Covid-19 overseas before they make the trip home, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said this was to avoid long waits at entry points, particularly at airports as the government anticipates more Malaysians returning home, thanks to more flights being available now.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The government has agreed to reopen preschools and kindergartens from July 1, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the opening as well as the related standard operating procedure (SOP) were tabled by the Education Ministry at the special ministerial meeting today.
The number of active Covid-19 cases in Malaysia dipped below 1,000 for the first time since March, as the Ministry of Health announced just eight new daily infections as of noon today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of active cases is now just at 986. A total of 35 patients were discharged today, making the cumulated number of those discharged 7,346 or 86.9 per cent of total cases.
Current developments related to the Covid-19 pandemic do not affect the country’s economic recovery during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. He said the spread of Covid-19 has however affected the psychological wellbeing of the public, a factor that could slow down the economic recovery process.
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has issued 633 notices to owners of barbershops and hair salons throughout the ‘Ops Catut 7.0’ operation from June 10. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said the notices were issued to seek clarification and feedback from the shopowners on the increase in service charges at their premises .The entrepreneurs would be given three to five days to respond to the notice, failing which, further action would be taken against them.
The total number of Covid-19 positive cases among migrants now stands over 2,400 with six new infections reported as of noon today, the Ministry of Health announced this evening. Public health authorities have screened over 50,000 migrants, both documented and without, to date. Of this, 2,470 tested positive while 47,000 came out negative. There are still close to a thousand pending cases.
Returning Malaysians could be slapped with a RM1,000 compound for removing wristbands issued by the Health Ministry while under home quarantine, warns Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister said the wristband could only be removed after they are declared free of the disease.
Authorities guarding the borders have stopped 20 foreigners from entering the country through hidden routes (lorong tikus) as Malaysia enters the fifth day of the recovery movement control order (MCO). Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said as of Saturday (June 13), police checked 48,460 vehicles at 67 roadblocks set up under Op Benteng especially at smaller entry points.
Malaysia recorded eight new Covid-19 cases on Sunday (June 14), bringing the total number of infections to 8,453. Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said of the new cases, two were imported involving permanent residents in the country. He said the other six cases involved local transmissions, with two involving Malaysians while the other four cases involved non-citizens.
The Health Ministry recorded 43 new daily Covid-19 infections nationwide as of noon today. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 8,445, of which 1,014 are active. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry has logged 143 new recovered patients, which raises the tally of discharged cases to 7,311 (86.57 per cent).
Malaysians can now enter Sarawak without having to seek permission from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and take Covid-19 PCR tests prior to leaving for the state, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. “However, they have to abide by the set standard operating procedure (SOP), including downloading the MySejahtera application and filling up the e-health declaration form.
Wedding industry operators are welcome to send in their proposals for standard operating procedures (SOPs) which the government will take into consideration, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said they could opt to do so, or else wait for future announcements on when they will be permitted to resume operating their businesses in the future.
Police nabbed 11 people for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) yesterday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all of them were placed under remand, while compounds were issued to four others for various offences of RMCO's non-compliance. "Today is the 88th day of the MCO and fourth day of the RMCO. There were fewer number of offences (related to RMCO) committed. I believe this shows that there is greater public awareness on the importance of adhering to its SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).
The government is now looking into reopening more surau's and mosques nationwide. This follows reports of full compliance among Friday prayers congregation in mosques located in the green zones of the Federal Territories (FT) on Friday. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said positive feedback came from the police who conducted checks at mosques in green zones in FTs which were allowed to hold congregational prayers at one-third of the mosques' full capacity.
Private hospitals can charge their patients for personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by health personnel for their medical treatment. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said it is important for doctors and nurses to know the health status of their patients before they can proceed with any surgery or operation.
Malaysia today recorded 33 new Covid-19 cases bringing the total figure to 8,402 cases, continuing the trend of two-digit cases after a brief streak of single-digit cases. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said from the 33 new cases, 16 were imported cases involving returning Malaysians who were infected overseas, while 14 locally transmitted cases are of foreigners and three Malaysians.
Malaysians driving to their hometowns using the country’s highways should take note that children’s play areas at the Rest and Relax (R&R) stops along the highways will remain closed, while Muslim travellers are urged to bring their own prayer mats instead of sharing them with others.
PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) has opened its suraus located in all its 24 Rest Service Areas (RSA), including two Overhead Bridge Restaurants (OBR) effective from June 10. This is in line with the government's Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) announcement. Highway customers can fulfil their prayer obligations in the suraus along the northbound and southbound RSAs, namely Gurun, Gunung Semanggol, Sungai Perak, Tapah, Rawang, Dengkil, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Pagoh, Machap, Gelang Patah, including Sungai Buloh and Ayer Keroh OBRs.
Malaysians should give time to airline companies to normalise fares as they have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. The Transport Minister said airlines have experienced up to a 97% drop in passenger volume. "Without passengers, their expenses continue to push them to the verge of bankruptcy," he said on his Facebook page on Thursday (June 12) night.
The government will review their standard operating procedure (SOP) for non-Muslim houses of worship after loosening restrictions for mosques. Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the new SOP will be unveiled by the National Unity Ministry on Monday. “Previously we said we can only allow 30 people in the mosque, but now we are allowing one third of the mosque’s congregational space to pray in the mosque.
The government has announced today its decision to postpone the Muslim pilgrimage of Haj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Malaysian citizens this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Religious affairs minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad said the decision was made following a briefing by Ministry of Health and Lembaga Tabung Haji, as well as discussions among the national fatwa council on Tuesday.