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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Travel app vital to ensure coordination – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Civil servants need not rush back to work tomorrow as the country gradually comes out of the movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the police were working on a travel schedule for those who applied to travel via the Gerak Malaysia App.

“There have been 500,000 applications and the travel period will be from May 7-10, ” he said.

“It is relevant as we want to control the movement of people. If 500,000 people move at once, there will be chaos, ” he said in a text message to Sunday Star yesterday.

At his daily briefing, Ismail Sabri said that Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali agreed that civil servants who were outstation need not start work tomorrow.

He also urged employers in the private sector to not expect the same from their staff who needed to travel back as certain sectors open up under the conditional MCO.“It is not their fault they could not return to work that day as they have to travel in accordance with police instructions, so please do not penalise them, ” he added.

Ismail Sabri also reminded the people that the MCO was still very much in place under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

“The conditional MCO is merely a more relaxed version of the MCO and doesn’t in any way mean the MCO has been lifted.”

Ismail Sabri said the relaxation of the rules was in line with the government’s earlier promise that MCO rules would be gradually relaxed.

“For example, businesses have to close at 8pm, but under the conditional MCO, some are allowed to operate until 10pm.

“Continue to practise social distancing and good hygiene, ” he said.

On Friday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the conditional MCO period would start on May 4.

Ismail Sabri also said the government would continue to keep the nation’s borders closed.

“We are also not accepting any foreign visitors and any returning Malaysians will undergo mandatory quarantine.

“Our resources like beds, intensive care units, ventilators and others are better able to cope now than before. We are prepared, ” he said.

Meanwhile, those who applied for interstate travel on the Gerak Malaysia app and received the QR codes claimed that the option was not valid.

A user, Shahrulnizam Abdullah, who needed to go from Perak to Perlis, said that he applied on May 1 and he received a QR code when he clicked on interstate travel.

“Today, I clicked on other options and got a QR code, but I got a blank page when I clicked on interstate travel. I then decided to go to the police station to get a letter to cross to Perlis to pick up my pregnant wife who has been stranded there since March 18, ” he said.

Husni Bugati of Putrajaya was furious as he could not access interstate travel on the app.

“I have three teenage daughters stranded in Kuantan, and now, I don’t even know how to bring them back. I am going to go to the police station and beg them to let me go to Kuantan and back, ” said the distraught father.

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