Public Health Malaysia Has Advised Malaysians To Not Take Interstate-Travels For Granted

Having to celebrate Hari Raya far away from their families, many Malaysians cheered with joy when the Prime Minister announced that the interstate-travel restrictions will be lifted during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.

But with all the excitement, we shouldn’t forget that the virus is still among our community and we should take all the necessary precautions to make sure we do not spread the COVID-19 virus, especially to those who are vulnerable, like our elders.

Public Health Malaysia reminded people in a series of infographics that despite the relaxation of the previous MCO, we should all plan our travels first and maybe give the chance to the single people who have missed their families, and were restricted to travel back since the implementation of the MCO on 18 March. 

The infographic also included travel plan suggestions for those who plan to balik kampung this week.

The infographics suggested that the first week could be reserved for the single siblings to go back first, followed by the subsequent siblings the following week, to avoid overcrowding. 

The caption said: “This is for those with four siblings in the family. If you have more than four siblings, then just adjust lah”.

Public Health Malaysia also reminded netizens to not take advantage of this and make sure that there are no large family gatherings during this time, “If you were to violate the SOPs, the police will still pay you a visit.” 

The government is allowing interstate-travels so that people can go back to see their parents, so do take note that gatherings or large family reunions such as open houses are still STRICTLY prohibited. 

They also urged Malaysians to work together to fight against this pandemic, so if you see any houses with too many cars parked outside, report it to the police straight away so that the authorities can investigate.

This is only to make sure that everyone abides by the SOPs. So, Malaysians, please do not misuse this opportunity, and don’t risk your safety and health. 

Take care, stay safe, and remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing when you go out! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat