Ismail Sabri: Previous Laws Null And Void As Malaysia Goes Into Phase 5 Of MCO

Up to four individuals are allowed to be in one car and people can now travel further than the previous 10km radius limit.

Cover image via Harian Metro & Malay Mail

Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob just announced that the government is initiating phase five of the Movement Control Order (MCO)

During the press conference announcing the daily national security updates, the minister said that laws and regulations under phase four of the MCO are null and void as the country kicks off the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which is considered as phase five of the MCO.

According to Bernama, Ismail Sabri noted that all states are subject to phase five of the MCO.

He said, "If there are certain parties that still want to follow the rules of the MCO phase four, it is a violation as it has been replaced by the new rules of MCO phase five."

Changes have also been made to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 which was gazetted today, 4 April

According to The Star, the policy changes include allowing four individuals to be in one car and people can now travel further than the previous 10km radius limit.

The Defence Minister assured that authorities cannot take action if a car has four passengers because this regulation has been gazetted.

Meanwhile, interstate travel without a police permit is still prohibited.

"The act remains the same. Violators may be punished with a fine of not more than RM1,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both," he explained.

"Businesses that do not follow the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP), risk having their premises closed down."

On the other hand, the Ministry of Health (MOH) recorded 55 new cases of COVID-19 within the past day

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that only seven out of the total are imported cases.

This brings the number of cases in Malaysia to a total of 6,353 with 1,764 active cases.

A total of 4,484 patients have been discharged from hospitals since the disease was first identified in the country and 71 people fully recovered within the past 24 hours.

There are no new coronavirus-related deaths reported. Therefore, Malaysia's COVID-19 death toll remains at 105.

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