(Picture for representational purposes only). Police conducting roadblock in conjunction with the Movement Control Order to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 MARCH 2020 interstate travel ban husband wife
(Picture for representational purposes only). Police conducting roadblock in conjunction with the Movement Control Order to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 26 MARCH 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – The leniency for husband and wife living separately to make a weekly interstate travel has been withdrawn.

The measure is in line with the government’s announcement of not allowing non-emergency interstate travel, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Yesterday, the National Security Council (MKN) had decided to revoke the permission for interstate travel after the public was found to be stubborn and insisted to return to their hometown for the Aidilfitri Celebration despite the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“Husband, wife or anyone at all. When we say that there is no more interstate travel, we mean that. Anyone at all,” Ismail Sabri said.

Vehicles trying to make interstate travel beginning today will be instructed to turn back and compounded on the spot.

When asked about a viral social media post by a woman who allegedly managed to make interstate travel due to her good ‘cable’ (relationship) with senior police officer, the senior minister said that it would be investigated.

Answering the questions if people are allowed to stay overnight during the Aidilfitri visit, Ismail Sabri said that the SOP only allows Aidilfitri visit on the first day of Raya.

If a person stays overnight, it would be considered as two days. –MalaysiaGazette

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