Decision on interstate travel for Raya to be announced soon


Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin meeting up with villagers at Felcra Bukit Kepong in Pagoh, Johor.

MUAR: The government will decide soon on whether to allow interstate travel during the Hari Raya celebrations, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said the government will review the matter and make an announcement when the time is right.

“State muftis have allowed terawih prayers to be carried out during Ramadan. Last year, these were not permitted at all, ” he said.

He said it might be possible to visit neighbours during Hari Raya but he did not indicate whether interstate travel would be allowed then.

Muhyiddin, who met with Felcra Bukit Kepong villagers here yesterday morning, reminded the public to always adhere to the standard operating procedure on Covid-19.

“The Covid-19 situation in Johor is improving slightly but it has not reached a recovery movement control order level yet, ” he said.

Muhyiddin added that it is the responsibility of every leader and the public to always follow the SOP.

The Perikatan Nasional government, he said, has allocated between RM325bil and RM330bil to help the people earn an income during these difficult times.

Later at a back-to-school event held at the Pagoh Sports Complex, he urged Malaysians to immediately register for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Muhyiddin said the rakyat should grab the opportunity as the vaccination shots are provided free.

They need not have any doubt about its safety, he said, citing that he and his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman had completed their vaccination.

“We are still healthy with no complications and we eat and sleep normally, so do not be afraid, ” he added.

Muhyiddin said a briefing given by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba showed that seven million Malaysians had already registered with the programme.

He, however, said there should be at least 26 million people registering for it.

“When more people are vaccinated, then it will be much safer for our country and that is the government’s purpose, which is to help the rakyat, ” he said.

On another matter, Muhyiddin wants the Education Ministry to expedite the national education digitalisation programme to enable more students to have access to high-quality education.

He said the pandemic had impacted the country’s education system.

“Students are unable to go to school and are instructed to stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“One lesson from this pandemic is that we do not have the ability to commence an education system that can accommodate the needs in times like this.

“Even if we have the facilities that allow our students to learn virtually, the number of parents who can provide laptops, computers, tablets is quite limited, ” he added.

Muhyiddin said he has directed Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin to set up a special committee to look into hastening the transition towards digitalisation.

This transition, he said, does not only involve getting devices but also human resources such as staff and quality teaching materials.

Muhyiddin said the steps towards digitalising education cannot be achieved if the country does not have proper Internet accessibility.

“This is why I announced the MyDigital initiative recently that will provide us with 5G Internet connectivity soon, ” he added.

He also said the United Arab Emirates is willing to help the country’s education sector in moving towards digitalisation.

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