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The Malaysian Government has extended the Conditional Movement Control now till 9th June. In this period, more shops and business are reopened but no foreign tourists are allowed and no interstate travel. Schools are still closed as well.

Movement Control Order

On 16 March the government has imposed a Movement Control Order nationwide to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection in Malaysia.

The Movement Control Order is imposed under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and well as the Police Act 1967, which cover a range of activities.

Speaking to the nation in a special address on Monday night, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the order will entail a ban on all mass gatherings for religious, sport, social and cultural activities.

In addition, all houses of worship and business premises will be closed, with the exception of supermarkets, public markets, and sundry and convenience shops which sell daily essentials.

Muhyiddin said for Muslims, all mosque and surau activities – including Friday prayers – will be suspended in accordance with a decision made by the Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs on Sunday.

All Malaysians will also be banned from travelling overseas; while those recently returned from abroad must undergo health checks and self-quarantine for 14 days.

All foreign tourists will be banned from entering the country during this time.

Muhyiddin also announced the closure of all pre-schools, government and private schools including daily schools, residential schools, international schools, tahfiz centres and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions.

All public and private institutions of higher learning and skills training institutions nationwide will also be shuttered.

Muhyiddin added that all government and private sector premises will cease operating, with the exception of premises involved in the provision of essential services such as water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, post, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel and lubricants, broadcasting, finances, banking, health, pharmacies, fire and rescue, prisons, ports, airports, security, defence, public cleansing, retail and food supply.