Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced an extension to Malaysia’s CMCO. This new phase of enforced movement control will now last until 9 June.

Throughout the current phase of the CMCO period, up to 43 percent of Malaysia’ workforce (approximately 6.64 million workers) have returned to work. Many businesses were hopeful that this current phase of the CMCO would be the last; especially since the pasttwo weeks has seen rather positive results with regards to new COVID-19 cases.

Unfortunately, the decision has been made to extend the current lockdown measures. This means that current CMCO rules will continue to apply, which means we’re largely free to move around, but there will be no interstate travel and the country’s borders will remain tightly controlled. This also means that the upcoming Hari Raya, Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai will be celebrated differently this year as most will not be able to travel to their hometowns to celebrate.

The MCO, which has now entered its fifth phase, was originally scheduled to expire on May 12.

The Prime Minister said any changes in regards to the existing SOP or economic sectors allowed to resume operations will be announced from time to time.

He also said the enforcement of the CMCO has gone smoothly, without any unexpected congestion in the country’s public transport sector, a testament to the rakyat’s high compliance.

In addition, the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional application has been extended to 31 May due to complaints and the volume of applications. As such, Malasian’s are urged to apply for this financial aid if they have not already done so.

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