Ismail Sabri: Foreign envoys and MM2H residents can return

PETALING JAYA: Foreign diplomats based here and those under Malaysia My Second Home programme (MM2H) can return to the country.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said exceptions were made for only these two categories.

He also said the country’s borders would remain closed to anyone travelling in or out during the recovery movement control order (MCO) unless they had pressing matters.

“Malaysians will need a good reason to travel out of the country and they need to apply for permission from the Immigration Department.

“For example, if a student needs to travel to his university abroad to sit for an exam, that is allowed, ” the minister said.

He said the no-travel policy also applied to sportsmen who needed to travel overseas for competitions.

“Japan has postponed the 2020 Olympics, so if Japan can be firm about it, so must we, ” he said at his daily press briefing yesterday.

Ismail Sabri also said 20 foreigners were nabbed at Ops Benteng roadblocks for immigration offences.

He said police also arrested six people and issued RM1,000 compounds to 13 others for flouting recovery MCO rules after more than 69,000 checks nationwide were conducted on Saturday.

He also announced that he would only conduct MCO press briefings three times a week – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a tweet yesterday that his briefings would also be held on the same three days.

Ismail Sabri reminded Malaysians to abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) to prevent another wave of Covid-19.

He added that if social distancing was not properly practised, there was a chance that places that were reopened under the recovery MCO phase would be closed again.

The minister also reminded returning Malaysians undergoing home quarantine not to remove Health Ministry-issued wristbands, or face a RM1,000 compound.

On Saturday, 575 Malaysians landed at KLIA from Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Qatar, Japan, the Netherlands and South Korea.

Two of them were sent to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 while the rest were put under home quarantine.

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