MCO: Malaysians put 'Cuti-Cuti Malaysia' travel plans on hold


Inter-district travel is not allowed in the six states where the MCO is implemented, with roadblocks being placed at several borders. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

Malaysians are putting their wanderlust on hold following the announcement of the latest movement control order. Many had looked forward to some "Cuti-Cuti Malaysia" adventures this year after spending most of 2020 being cooped up at home.

For ardent traveller Kamarul Azman, 24, the travel restrictions have disrupted his much anticipated holiday plans.

The technician from Melaka said he would usually travel abroad with family during the holiday season. He immediately made his holiday bookings to Jewel of Kedah – Langkawi – when the government lifted the travel restrictions, making the best use of deals and promotions the tourism players had initially prepared for the domestic market.

"I have to call off the upcoming trip with my family following the recent travel ban reinstatement. Luckily, the accommodation host can provide a cash refund based on its cancellation policy.

"I understand that it (the MCO) is for the best. By following the guidelines set, we might be able to break the chain and make travel possible again," he said.

Kamarul added that he is confident that the government has taken into account all aspects before reimplementing the MCO.

Media executive Ong Xiao Tong said she supports the government’s efforts to flatten the curve once more.

"I agree with the travel restriction. I get paranoid just looking at the increasing death toll and number of positive cases lately," she said.

"With many cases detected around Selangor where I am based, I had opted not to travel to my hometown in Ipoh (Perak) for the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, ” she added.

At the same time, Ong said she will avoid any gatherings until the Covid-19 situation improves.

In a special televised address to the nation earlier this week, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that Sabah, Johor, Melaka, Selangor, Penang, and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan will be placed under MCO until Jan 26.

“Roadblocks will be mounted from 12.01am on Wednesday (Jan 13) to prevent interstate and inter-district travel, ” Muhyiddin said in his address.

For more on what you can and cannot do during the MCO (as well as conditional MCO and recovery MCO), head to thestar.com.my.
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