Police Have received over 300,000 applications on the Gerak Malaysia online application in just 12 hours after the app went live on 26 April. Federal police Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said 100,000 had submitted applications for interstate travel as they have been stuck at their hometowns since the movement control order (MCO) began.
The numbers are expected to double by May 1
The police force predicts the numbers will increase significantly by May 1. According to Datuk Huzir Mohamed, every applicants will be vetted to ensure only applicants want to travel across state borders for the allowed reasons are permitted. This is to ensure the journeys will be in a smooth and uncomplicated manner.
“We will give updates on the movement schedule later”
In the meantime, police will monitor and review the application trends through Gerak Malaysia app. The findings will then be presented to the government to allow the permitted travel date to be reviewed in line with the total number of applications. Only those with valid reasons for travelling are advised to register with the app to smooth the process.
“Cooperation from all parties is crucial to ensure the Gerak Malaysia app can benefit those who really need to return home.” He also added that further development regarding the interstate travel schedule will be announced soon.
Gerak Malaysia app 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 to help the government to track movement especially if the applicants are crossing between green, yellow and red zones. For those who don’t have smartphones, applications can be made at the nearest police station.
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