Prime Minister’s Announcement on MCO Starting 13 January

Today, 11 January, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia, announced the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan starting from midnight Wednesday (Jan 13). This MCO would last until Jan 26.

For states under effect of MCO starting Wednesday (Jan 13):

  • Interstate travel is not allowed
  • Interdistrict travel is not allowed
  • Movement would be limited to a 10-km radius from a person’s home and only two from a household are permitted to leave the house and travel in the same vehicle at any one time for the purpose of buying necessities from supermarkets or grocery shops.
  • Roadblocks will also be mounted at main roads and movement is limited to 10-km radius from one’s place of residence
  • No dine-ins will be allowed in states affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO), takeaway is permitted.
  • Food delivery services, supermarkets, healthcare services including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies, and banks, are allowed to operate but are subjected to strict SOP compliance.
  • Social activities including wedding reception, conferences, religious processions, meetings, seminars, courses and group sport activities are banned in the states affected by MCO.
  • Outdoor recreational activities allowed among people within same household.
  • Individuals must keep 2m-distance at all times.
  • No more than 2 people allowed to jog at any one time.
  • Cycling not allowed in groups; only one person allowed.
  • Anyone who violates these rulings will be subjected to a maximum fine of RM1,000 under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342)
  • Only 5 essential economic sectors allowed to operate. These industries are: manufacturing, construction, services, trade and distribution, and plantations and commodities.
  • Only 30% of workers within a company’s management group are allowed to go in to office. Employers determine the number of employees permitted in office at any one time (taking into account the SOP compliance)
  • Non-essential services staff to work from home; employers must comply with this ruling.
  • Ensure total adherence to SOP, observe physical distancing at all times.

Read full Prime Minister’s speech here: