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These spouses need approval before their travels
Published on: Wednesday, June 03, 2020
By: The Star
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Kuala Lumpur: Malaysians whose spouses live in Sabah and Sarawak are reminded to get police approval for their trip before purchasing flight tickets, or risk being rejected from boarding or having to turn back upon arrival, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

He said the same rules apply to them as for those wanting to do interstate travel to see their spouses.

“Please don’t forget to apply (for approval) from the police before purchasing flight tickets because Sabah and Sarawak apply stricter rules when it comes to travel,” he said.

Ismail Sabri cited Sarawak as an example, where interstate district is not allowed without police approval.

“So if you don’t have the police’s green light to travel, how do you travel from the airport to where your spouse is if they do not live in the same district as where the airport is located?” he asked.

Days before Hari Raya, the government had stopped interstate travel for couples living apart to avoid a rush of people going back to their hometowns for the celebration.

However, such travel is now allowed again and for those who face emergency situations such as deaths of close family members or for work.

To a question, Ismail Sabri said the government had yet to decide if there would still be roadblocks after June 9 when the conditional MCO is slated to end.

“We have not decided on this because we don’t know if the conditional MCO will end or be extended after June 9,” he said.

Ismail Sabri also spoke about community leaders being the best people to lead society in life under the new normal.

Longhouse chiefs, village heads, religious leaders, or grassroots leaders were among those who could create awareness among the people to understand the importance of the new normal, he said.

“The new normal should be our new culture. Self-hygiene and physical distancing practices should come naturally to us now,” he said.

On another matter, Ismail Sabri said the National Security Council and the Health Ministry had not tabled a proposed standard operating procedure (SOP) to allow barber shops and hair salons to resume their business.

“For now there is none, so these businesses will remain in the negative list. This also includes personal service at home,” he said.

“Once the SOP is tabled, we will decide when to allow these businesses to reopen.”

On a question whether the exemption for cash withdrawal charges has been stopped now that the government has allowed ATM operating hours to be reverted to normal as per bank practices, Ismail Sabri said the RM1 withdrawal fee exemption is still in place.

“We have not received any request from the banks to start charging the RM1 fee again. So, the exemption is still in place and the public can continue to enjoy the free service for now,” he said.

The operating hours had been restricted between 8am and 8pm during the MCO and conditional MCO.

In April, Putrajaya exempted the RM1 ATM charges in an effort to avoid crowding at the over-thecounter-teller service during the MCO. 


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