Ismail Sabri Says No Need For Passenger To Sit In The Back Of The Car During CMCO

However, both of you must be from the same household.

Cover image via Muhd Asyraf Sawal/New Straits Times

There is no rule in place that says you have to sit in the backseat of the car, according to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

While there are restrictions on the number of people travelling together in a car during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), there is no ruling that the passenger of a car must sit in the backseat.

You can sit anywhere in the car. If you want to sit in front, by all means.
Ismail Sabri

However, both of you must be from the same household

According to Ismail Sabri, as long as you and the person with you in the car come from the same location and family or household, you don't even need to wear a mask in the car.

"You don't even need to wear a mask in the car together as you stay under the same roof," he said during his press briefing yesterday, 11 November.

The Defence Minister's comments about CMCO rules with regards to travelling in a car with another person came after an allegation went viral that a man was fined for letting his wife sit beside him in a car

"The case was an ill-intentioned act on the part of the driver because when I got the video and contacted Bukit Aman asking why he was fined, they said the video was intended to tarnish the police. He was fined not because his wife was sitting next to him, but because he was using his phone while driving," he said.

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