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Malaysia announces Restriction Movement Order due to global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)

Update 2: Our offices will continue to be closed until 14 April 2020 as the Prime Minister has announced an extension to the RMO for another 14 days.

Update 1: All Orange Media locations will be closed from 18th March to 31st March 2020 following this Restricted Movement Order.

16 March, 2020: Following the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced a Restriction of Movement Order (the Order) on 16 March 2020 as a measure to curb the outbreak. This Order will last for two weeks, starting from 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020 and is effective nationwide.

Malaysia and the Philippines, which has quarantined about half its 107 million population, have imposed the toughest restrictions on movements of people in Southeast Asia, causing early confusion and chaos, though capital markets in both countries will stay open. The government of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who took office only this month, has assured there is enough stock of essentials for the country of 32 million people.

Muhyiddin said the decision was made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.

He said the prohibition of movement and mass assembly nationwide would include all religious, sports, social and cultural activities.

“To enforce this prohibition, all places of worship and business premises must be closed except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores, and stores selling basic necessities,” he said during a live telecast on Monday (March 16) night.

Muhyiddin added that all religious activities in mosques and surau will be suspended in line with the Special Muzakarah Council’s decision on Sunday (March 15).

He said that this includes Friday prayers.

Muhyiddin added that Malaysians will be barred from leaving the country and restrictions placed on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into Malaysia.

“Malaysians who have returned from overseas have to go for a health check-up and undergo self-quarantine for 14 days,” he said.

Muhyiddin added that all nurseries, government and private schools, including boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centres as well as primary, secondary and pre-university education institutions will be closed.

This also includes all public and private universities as well as vocational training centres.

Muhyiddin added that government and private premises would be closed except those providing essential services.

These include water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, post, transportation, water services, oil, gas, fuel, broadcasting, financial, banking, health, pharmacy, the Fire and Rescue Department, prisons, ports, airports, security, defence, cleaning, retail and food supplies.

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