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CMCO Extended till June 9

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his televised address today (May 10) announced that the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is to be further extended till June 9 (4 weeks) as advised by the Ministry of Health and National Security Council.

He reminded all, especially those in the green zones, to never be complacent or start moving freely as the virus is a silent killer that could attack anytime and anywhere. Thus, the practice of social distancing, putting on masks and good personal hygiene must be continued until a vaccine is found.

“Do not think you are already safe,” he cautioned.

Besides adhering to the existing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), crowded areas must be avoided and one should only leave the house when needed.

There are currently 4 red zones remaining: Mukim Batu, Gombak, Selangor; Zon Batu, Mukim Batu, Kuala Lumpur; Zon Kampung Baharu, Mukim Bandar, Kuala Lumpur and Mukim Pedas, Daerah Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

As the preliminary stage of CMCO just began, the upcoming 4 weeks are critical as any spike in cases will put the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in effect at affected areas.

According to him, interstate travel and big open houses to celebrate festivities are not allowed. Visits will be allowed for families living in the same state and nearest neighbours with a maximum limit of 20 people at a time with social distancing among guests in addition to maintaining personal hygiene and putting on masks. The house including the cutlery used to serve must be kept clean.

Meanwhile, couples working in different states who are separated will be given leeway to travel across state borders for the purpose of reuniting with family. (Applications must be made via the Gerak Malaysia application or at police stations.)

In addition, the appeal period for the Bantuan Prihatin National has been extended till May 31. To date, a total of 10.6 million applicants have been approved.

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Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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