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MCO: Stranded folk can return home starting 1 May

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As announced by the prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday, the government is loosening some travel restrictions as part of phase four of the Movement Control Order (MCO). This is good news for city folk who have been stuck in their hometowns and need to return to their homes. People who are seeking interstate travel can apply for approval beginning 26 April via the Gerak Malaysia mobile application.

[UPDATE: 26/4/2020]: Senior minister Ismail Sabir Yaakob has clarified that the government has yet to give a green light for travel between hometowns and the city, and vice versa. PDRM can only collect “registration of interest” to ascertain how travel will be managed. The final date for travel will be announced at a later time.

The government is allowing stranded folks to return home between 1 May and 3 May.

Applications for interstate travel must be made via the Gerak Malaysia contact tracing mobile app. Those without access to the app can submit a written application seeking approval at the nearest police station. The public is urged to make an appointment before going to the station to avoid overcrowding.

Those who fill their application via the app will need to update their applications on 29 April to reconfirm their travel destinations. They will be able to check their application status on 1 May 2020.

Please be reminded that balik kampung is prohibited throughout the MCO and the one-time travel pass is strictly for people needing to return back to the city.

Do note that during the MCO, there will be no food facilities at rest and recreation areas (R&R) along the highways. Prayers rooms will also be closed and any prayer activity or gatherings are not allowed at R&R areas including open spaces and parking lots.

However, public toilet facilities will continue to operate. Road users are allowed to rest at parking areas within their own vehicles and are allowed to leave the vehicle only to use the toilets. Also, petrol stations will only be operating between 6AM to midnight along the highways.

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Source: NST, PDRM

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