CMCO extended till June 9, BPN appeals to May 31

By John Isaac

THE Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) has been extended for another four weeks till June 9 as the battle against Covid-19 continues.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said though there was improvement in the number of Covid-19 cases, the health ministry had advised the prime minister’s office to extend the CMCO.

In a live address earlier, he said all standard operating procedures under the CMCO would remain in effect until then.

He said this includes restrictions on interstate travel for festivities.

“This doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Hari Raya, Kaamatan or Gawai.”

He said visits would be allowed among family members and neighbours living in the same state, limited to 20 people at a time. There is no need for big open houses.”

Muhyiddin said Islamic authorities are fine-tuning the SOPs for congregational prayers in mosques.

“The guidelines will be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay rulers as the heads of Islam for the federation and the respective states for approval.

“I believe with SOPs, mosques will be ready to be opened. The same goes for churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples and gurdwaras,” he said, adding that the government would announce SOPs for non-Muslim houses of worship.

He said couples separated due to work in different states, would be allowed to travel across state borders to meet.

“I appeal to the Sabah and Sarawak state governments to give some leeway for this,” he added.

Applications can be made through the Gerak Malaysia application and at police stations.

Muhyiddin also said the government had approved RM11 billion in Prihatin (BPN) aid, benefitting some 10.6 million people.

He some had complained that they not received the aid as they failed to meet requirements or incomplete applications, even though they had lost their jobs.

Muhyiddin said the government had decided to extend the time for BPN appeals until May 31.

He said the government had yesterday approved 2.3 million new BPN applications and appeals, totalling RM1.7 billion.