What you need to know about the Movement Control Order

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KUCHING, March 17: The National Security Council (NSC) has released a set of answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the the nationwide Movement Control Order which will be enforced from March 18 to 31.

Here are some of the important details:

1. The Movement Control Order applies throughout Malaysia, and enforced at all times of the day from March 18 to 31.


2. Food outlets such as fast food stores, restaurants or hawker centres could remain open but for takeaways only or through delivery services such as Grab Food or Food Panda.

3. Wedding ceremonies are allowed but with small numbers of attendance, while reception and other related activities are advised to be postponed untul the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia improved.

3. People are allowed to leave the house to run important errands quickly and briefly to like getting daily essentials or pick up important persons from one destination.

4. For funerals, the next-of-kins are allowed to arrange and manage the funeral, such as for Muslims to be conducted only in mosque or surau and a funeral prayer (solat jenazah) without ‘tahlil’.

5. The public are encouraged to contact hotels directly about refunds for bookings made prior to the announcement of the Order.

6. Schools do not have to carry out replace class.

7. Local and foreign students in both private and public higher institutions of learning are instructed to return to their hometowns or home countries until the Order ended. Foreign students who decide to stay back in institution’s facility must report to the management and abide by the Order.

8. All Malaysians including students studying overseas are allowed to return during the restriction period. However, the individuals must undergo health screening and undertake self-quarantine.

9. Those with planned holidays to Malaysia are advised not to proceed with the plans during the restriction period.— DayakDaily