For those who are stuck in their hometowns amidst the Movement Control Order (MCO) will now be allowed to return to their respective homes or places of work after getting an inter-state travel permit
The permit can be availed through Gerak Malaysia app, starting 26 April to 29 April.
According to Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Huzir Mohamed, the Gerak Malaysia app "will enable the public to apply it from home without having to come to the police station".
Huzir said that this is being done to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
The process for registration as explained by the CID director
To start off, you will need to allow the app to access your GPS location.
Following which, you will then required to furnish personal details such as full name, MyKad, or passport numbers, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers.
Once the registration process is completed, a unique QR code will be generated, Huzir said, adding that the QR code will be scanned and checked by enforcers on duty at the roadblocks.
"Permit application through Gerak Malaysia app will help the police to identify the number of people involved as well as to provide a travel schedule to ensure smooth operation. Those who have applied must update their application on the day of departure to get the QR code which will be generated automatically."
The inter-state travel will happen in stages over a three-day period
Here are the dates provided by Huzir:
- 1 May is for those travelling from Perak, Johor, and Kelantan
- 2 May is for Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Melaka, and Pahang
- 3 May is Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, and Terengganu.
Additionally, you must travel on the day set in the approved movement permit.
The permit is strictly only for those who are in their hometowns and want to return to their respective homes or places of work. Not the other way around. Meaning you cannot use the app to 'balik kampung'.
"It should be remembered that the application for this permit to travel is only for those who are stranded in their hometowns immediately after the MCO was announced, and who wish to return to their homes or workplace," he said while urging the people to "not misuse the Gerak Malaysia app".
On 23 April, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob had warned that those residing in cities will not be allowed to return to their hometowns for the month of Ramadan.
"For those in the cities who wish to go back to their hometowns, that is not allowed. Registration of travel away from rural areas is only allowed for those who are currently stranded for more than a month," he said.
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