BNM does not freeze retail purchases via card payments, KKMM clarifies

Please restrain from spreading fake news, get only the verified news from the authority

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MINISTRY of Communication and Multimedia (KKMM) has refuted claims that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has frozen retail purchases via card payment for non-essentials businesses from March 27 until the Movement Control Order (MCO) ends.

Additionally, the ministry has also claimed that a viral story that alleged the sales of Covid-19 patients clothes to the public as fake.

KKMM has been issuing daily statements to rebut allegations relating to the coronavirus pandemic and to allay public’s concerns.

In the same statement, KKMM announced that the Segamat Hospital authority has denied the claim that their wards in Johor will be used to house Covid-19 patients.

“The facility, however, has been gazetted as a screening hospital for Covid-19 patients under investigation,” it said in the statement.

Last week, a senior citizen in Melaka was fined RM2,000 for spreading fake news linked to the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

The government has constantly advised the public not to spread fake news and only get the verified news from the authority.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced that key postal and courier companies will provide additional services during the MCO period.

This is in tandem with government efforts in stimulating the economy slowdown due to the outbreak.

MCMC said courier delivery services will offer transport for items not exceeding 1kg at the cost of RM5 excluding tax on delivery services in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

Currently, Pos Malaysia Bhd charges RM6.50 for 1kg parcel for local town, while tags RM7.50 for cross-town delivery.

“The stated rates are only offered to users who are registered with digital portals of each postal and courier service provider.

“Online registration is imperative in order to improve entrepreneurial competence in managing deliveries, as well as encouraging cashless transactions,” MCMC said yesterday.

The delivery service rate is valid for six months, from April 15 until Oct 15, 2020.

On top of this, MCMC said postal and courier companies, as well as telecommunication companies have already donated in the form of cash, system capacity and equipment amounting to RM8.75 million to the government-linked companies’ Disaster Relief Network (GDRN).

“The GDRN is administered by Yayasan Hasanah, which is a foundation under Khazanah Nasional Bhd for contribution to the Health MInistry,” it said.