Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during the previous press conference said Malaysians who went back to their hometowns before the movement control order (MCO) was announced and now want to return to their homes in major cities will need to apply online or at the nearest police station starting 25th April (Saturday).
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the government was aware that some Malaysians had rushed back to their hometowns since last March and were now hoping that they could return to the major cities where they worked.
“We understand that some are worried about the security of their houses in the city”
According to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, the government understand that there are people worried about the security of their houses and many other valid reasons; so they want to go back home.
“I know some went back (to their hometowns) alone (back then) and their children have remained in their house in Kuala Lumpur, for example,” he said.
The application could be made online via the “Gerak Malaysia” application
The application to return back homes in major cities could be made online via the “Gerak Malaysia” application or at the nearest police station. It was jointly developed by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Communication and Multimedia Ministry.
Applicants must submit their name, the number of family members and other travel details such as origin and destination. This would help the government to track movement especially if the applicants are crossing between green, yellow and red zones.
It is estimated that movement may be permitted only after 1st May
However, this online application for interstate travel is still under study. Even if allowed, it is expected to be permitted after 1 may 2020. Still, there is no guarantee yet because the government need to wait for reports from police stations after April, 25 – once the applications are opened to the public.
“Then we will know how many would like to return and so forth. Only then can we come up with a tight SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) on the interstate travel.”
Nevertheless, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has emphasised that balik kampung is not allowed during Ramadan. Meaning, those stuck at cities and want to go back hometown are not allowed.
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