All MM2H counters to be temporarily closed until April 30, says Motac

Temporary closure of all counters will not affect this programme as new applications or related processes can be done via alternative procedures

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

THE Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) has closed temporarily all Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) counters, effective immediately until April 30, 2020.

Motac Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (picture) said the move is to ensure that the staff of MM2H centre are not exposed to the risk of Covid-19 which is common to a large crowd.

“In this regard, all applications related to MM2H must comply with the following procedures whereby all new applications must be submitted by courier only, and as for withdrawal and termination applications, the required documents should be submitted by email at [email protected]

“For applications involving payments to the Immigration Department at the MM2H centre, the applicant must first make an appointment with the immigration officer at the centre,” she said in a statement yesterday.

She also added that all new applications’ endorsements are suspended, while further enquiries can be directed to the centre’s hotline at 03-8891 7424.

“Temporary closure of all counters will not affect this programme as new applications or related processes can be done via alternative procedures.

“The opening of the counters will be notified accordingly,” she said.

The move to temporarily close all counters followed the World Health Organisation’s declaration that Covid-19 is a pandemic due to its spread to 123 countries and territories worldwide.

The organisation has urged all countries to adopt aggressive actions to end any potential spread, while the government has imposed travel bans on visitors from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and Denmark.

Meanwhile, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said it has activated a special working arrangement for its employees as a precautionary measure to minimise the risks due to Covid-19 and to contribute to social distancing efforts in the wider community.

“Petronas is strongly encouraging employees, who can work from home, to do so where possible. For employees who are required to be physically present in the office or at our operations, Petronas is taking the necessary steps to ensure their health and safety while at the workplace,” it said in a statement.

According to the state oil firm, the working arrangements are implemented with immediate effect.

The company said it is committed to ensuring that there would be minimal disruptions to the business and service delivery to its customers and partners.

“As the current situation is rapidly evolving, we will continue to monitor any developments closely and strengthen our precautionary and preventive measures as required,” it added.