​Malaysia PM: Travel Restrictions Might Be Extended if Malaysians Don’t Stay At Home

Malaysia PM: Travel Restrictions Might Be Extended if Malaysians Don’t Stay At Home
(Photo Credit: New Straits Times)

The Prime Minister of Malaysia has urged Malaysians to stay home, otherwise travel restrictions might be extended.

In a live address earlier, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin warned the country that its two-week Movement Control Order (MCO) could be extended if they continued to travel and not stay at home.

Although restrictions were announced on 16 March, the PM said he is still seeing highways congested with vehicles, and bus stations packed with people, all waiting to return to their hometowns.

“Within the period of two weeks, all of you and your children should spend more time at home,” said PM Muhyiddin. “Just stay at home. No need to go out anywhere.”

He further stressed that the two-week period is not for Malaysians to return to their hometowns, attend public functions, or go on vacations.

“With this, everyone can avoid and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and…it will be stopped,” he added. “If we do not succeed during this time, the government may be forced to extend the control order by maybe two weeks or even longer.”

Earlier today, the Johor government announced that has plans to reopen the land borders with Singapore within the coming days.

This announcement came less than 24 hours after the Malaysia government imposed the two-week MCO.

Back in Singapore, the Ministry of Health has announced that all travellers entering Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN), with effect from 11.59pm on Friday, 20 March 2020.

It was reported that there are 47 new COVID-19 cases, of which 33 were imported. The new imported cases include 30 Singapore residents who were infected overseas.

The 14-day SHN will apply to all Singaporeans, Permanent Residents (PR), Long Term Pass holders, and short-term visitors who enter the Republic.

They will have to provide proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN, for example a hotel booking covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family members own.


Here’s a summary of the latest announcement:

Motorist Stay Home Order 2020
(Photo Credit: Ministry of Health)


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