January 20th, 2021 | 12:30pm - The entire country except Sarawak is set to be placed under a Movement Control Order. Is this necessary? Malaysian Public Health Physicians’ Association President Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar shares his thoughts.
January 19th, 2021 | 12:00pm - Will the Permai aid package help ease the burden of the people and businesses? Economist Dr. Shankaran Nambiar weighs in on the new economic package.
January 18th, 2021 | 6:30pm - The Malaysian Economic and Rakyat's Protection Assistance Package (PERMAI) comprises of 22 initiatives to combat COVID-19.
PERMAI is anchored on three goals, namely battling COVID-19, preserving the welfare of the people and supporting the continuity of business.
January 18th, 2021 | 4:30pm - PM Announces RM15 Billion Financial Package: 22 Initiatives, bank moratoriums, and one-off payments
January 18th, 2021 | 12:30pm - SOPs for courts, public parks, and mosques in MCO states
January 15th, 2021 | 2:41pm - All public parks under the KL City Hall are now open to the public during the Movement Control Order.
January 15th, 2021 | 8:15am - There will be no changes to the closing hours for restaurants operating in MCO areas.
Despite complaints from operators and workers, Putrajaya says food outlets will close at 8pm for now as the government is not ready to allow extended operating hours under the second MCO.
January 15th, 2021 | 7:22am - Self-service or coin laundromats, which were previously barred from operating under the MCO, can now operate under one strict condition.
They must ensure they have staff at their outlets to monitor for SOP compliance and they will be allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm.
January 14th, 2021 | 6:00pm - SOPs for Finance Sector (Face-to-Face Activities with Customers), Professional Services and Construction Sector
January 14th, 2021 | 6:00pm - SOPs for Tourism Sector (Hotel Premises) and Higher Learning Institutes
January 14th, 2021 | 6:00pm - SOPs for Public Transport Sector
January 14th, 2021 | 1:00pm - Operating hours for businesses during MCO 2.0 in Penang, Selangor, Malacca, Johor, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan
January 14th, 2021 | 9:30am - Covid-19 Infection Curve Could Be Flattened By May
January 13th, 2021 | 6:13pm - Schools, Higher Learning Institutes, Private Kindergartens and Childcare Centers
January 13th, 2021 | 4:30pm - What activites and businesses cannot operate during MCO 2.0?
January 13th, 2021 | 2:00pm - Here’s A List Of Roadblocks Set Up So Far During MCO 2.0
The Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 which starts today until 26th January 2021, does not allow inter-state and inter-district travel. More than 300 roadblocks have been imposed in the affected states, namely Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, as well as the Federal Territories of KL, Putrajaya and Labuan.
As of 13th January this morning, officials have implemented roadblocks in these following areas.
January 12th, 2021 | 7:09pm - Remain Calm amid State of Emergency
January 12th, 2021 | 1:56pm - What The Emergency Proclamation Entails
January 12th, 2021 | 1:30pm - Life goes on as usual
Constitutional lawyer, Surendra Ananth told Astro Radio News that the MCO can still proceed even with an emergency in place.
"MCO is declared under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988. It does not depend on an emergency. It can be even done without a state of emergency. What a state of emergency does is, as stated above, provide drastic powers to the Prime Minister to make laws on wide ranging matters, including suspending our fundamental rights except the freedom of religion,” he said.
Surendra also shared what will happen to the country moving forward.
"Life goes on as usual. Let’s remember that we were living under three proclamation of emergencies until December 2011. I think over 30-40 years, life went on as normal. So it’s only until Parliament sits or Parliament makes drastic laws, that’s when measures will be implemented," he added.
January 12th, 2021 | 12:34pm - Malaysia has declared a state of emergency!
The order will be enforced until August 1st, 2021 or earlier, if daily COVID-19 infection numbers fall.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin assured Malaysians that the state of emergency is not a military coup, and a curfew will not be enforced.
In a special address today (January 12th), he said this is an economic emergency and comes at a time the country is hit not just by the pandemic, but floods as well.
Parliament will be suspended during the emergency and no election can be held.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin doesn’t want to see a repeat of COVID-19 outbreaks after the Sabah state election last September.
Elections will only be held as soon as the Special Task Force recently formed to tackle the pandemic deems it safe to do so.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin also urged the public to remain calm and strong to face this state of emergency and the Movement Control Order (MCO) for our own safety and interest.
Earlier today, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consented to a Declaration of Emergency Proclamation based on the Federal Constitution.
His Majesty decided this following an audience with the Prime Minister yesterday evening (January 11th).
The emergency decree comes just a day after Putrajaya announced a new MCO in six states for two weeks starting tomorrow (January 13th).