- PM Sabri reassures that Malaysia will not fall back into full Movement Control Order (MCO) again, even if the cases rise as a result of the current relaxation of MCO 3.0.
- PM Sabri says a more targeted approach would be implemented if the situation ever escalates again, stating that an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) would be exercised in areas with confirmed covid-19 outbreaks.
Malaysia Will Never Go Back Into Full Lockdown Again Says PM Sabri
After a grueling 9 months of Malaysian interstate border closure, PM Sabri finally announced the lifting of the interstate travel ban starting today.
It was a long anticipated turn of events, with the entire nation slowly counting down to vaccination rates of 90% amongst the Malaysian adult population. This was a target set by the government and Ministry of Health, promising that upon achieving this, the government would adhere to its word, and lift the interstate travel ban.
This comes as a great relief, especially for families who have been separated for nearly 9 months in the longest interstate travel ban the country has endured throughout the covid-19 pandemic.
This news generally comes as a relief to the Malaysian public, however some remain skeptical as to how long it would last, especially with upcoming festivities such as Deepavali, which is set to be on 4th November 2021, and Christmas a few weeks away.
Fears of another u-turn snap lockdown haunts many, with many businesses and especially the tourism industry being unable to survive much longer; many filing for bankruptcy during the last MCO 3.0.
In a special televised announcement on 10th October 2021, PM Sabri addressed the nation, reassuring that Malaysia will not fall back into full Movement Control Order (MCO) again, even if the cases rise as a result of the current relaxation of MCO 3.0.
“If a hotel in Langkawi experiences an outbreak, we will not shut down the island, only the affected hotel.”
PM Sabri alluded to a more targeted approach if the situation ever escalates again, stating that an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) would be implemented in areas with confirmed covid-19 outbreaks. This would be a very different approach to what the government pursued in May 2021, subjecting Malaysia to a full movement control order – MCO 3.0.
The government has been stressing the need for Malaysia to embrace new normals, ushering Malaysia into a new uncharted territory – living with covid-19 – coined, endemic covid-19. PM Sabri emphasised that the only way forward for Malaysia as a country, would be to “live with covid-19”.
Malaysia’s fully vaccinated adult population has reached over 90%, and its total fully vaccinated population has reached over 65%; one of the world’s leading countries in this arena.
The government stresses the need to maintain SOPs set in place, and has also encouraged individuals to self-test for covid-19 prior to travels, however this is not compulsory.
Malaysia has also opened its international borders to Malaysians who are fully vaccinated, abolishing the need for My Travel Pass in order to exit the country.
As Malaysia transitions into new normals, the government strongly urges all those eligible but not yet vaccinated to proceed for vaccination.
Major roadblocks will no longer be enforced, however Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will conduct random spot checks to ensure all those travelling interstate are indeed only those who are fully vaccinated, and that all other SOPs are being complied.
This news brings great news to the country as Malaysians transition into endemic covid-19.