Malaysia will again extend its Movement Control Order (MCO) — this time until 12 May.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a televised address on Thursday evening (23 April) said that while Malaysia has recorded positive COVID-19 trends recently, the government will not rule out the possibility of another extension beyond 12 May.
“You might not be able to celebrate Hari Raya in your hometowns, and you might not be allowed to go back to your workplaces except for those in the permitted sectors,” he said.
Muhyiddin noted that 3,542 COVID-19 patients — or 63.2 per cent of the total number of patients — have recovered.
The government will take into account the prospect of relaxing MCO regulations progressively for several sectors — including social sectors — if cases continue to decrease sharply, he added.
“The government may consider a one-time journey for Malaysians who have gone back to their hometowns before the MCO was enforced in order to allow them to return to their homes.
“As this would involve a big number of people, the government is gathering data and studying the best methods to allow this movement,” said Muhyiddin.
Those who needed to do so would need to register online or make an appointment at the nearest police station.
Nearly 100,000 university students living in campus accommodation who are in good health and do not show symptoms of COVID-19 will also be allowed to return to their homes, said Muhyiddin.
He added that the process of facilitating the students’ return is currently being planned on the advice of the Ministry of Health.
The MCO began on 18 March. It was then extended to 14 April and then to 28 April. Muhyiddin’s announcement on Thursday night marks the third time the MCO has been extended.