by ASILA JALIL/ pic by TMR FILE
THE daily operation hours for automated teller machines (ATMs) have been shortened during the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO), from the previous 7am to 10pm to 8am to 8pm.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made to avoid movements at night for banking purposes.
“There will be no more excuses to go out at night to withdraw money from the ATM,” he said in his daily press briefing yesterday.
A total of 1,111 individuals were arrested on Saturday for flouting the MCO, which consisted of 997 individuals who were remanded while 114 were given police bail.
Ismail Sabri said the number of cumulative arrests made until Saturday totalled to 14,750 individuals.
Putrajaya has also gazetted 11 more temporary holding centres for MCO violators after obtaining advice from the AG’s Chamber.
“The temporary centres will begin operations from April 23 and the Health Ministry will assist in providing medical workers,” said Ismail Sabri.
He added that the Home Ministry has also decided to extend the deadline for birth and death registrations for 90 days after the MCO is lifted while late penalties have also been waived.
“For cases involving lost identification cards, death certificates and birth certificates, the National Registration Department (NRD) can assist with the replacement of said documents by making an appointment with the nearest NRD office or registering within 90 days after the MCO ends.
“For Malaysians abroad, the 90-day extension is based on the date the MCO ends in the respective countries they are in,” he said.
As for food deliveries during the upcoming Ramadhan, Ismail Sabri said the National Security Council will provide guidelines as there may be orders made until sahur during the fasting month.
He said the guidelines for deliveries in Ramadhan will be issued in the next few days.
The fasting month will begin on April 23, while food delivery services are currently only allowed to operate between 8am and 8pm.
Commenting on government officials that flout the MCO, Ismail Sabri said no one will be exempted from the rule of law if they violated the MCO.
He denied claims that the police gave different treatments among MCO violators, adding that the police have called the individual involved and the government leaves it to the police to take action.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also said the mandatory quarantine imposed by the government on all returning Malaysians from overseas has proven to be the right move as 17 of them were tested positive for Covid-19.
He said a new cluster would have been formed if they were allowed to proceed with self-quarantine at home without any supervision.
“The number of new cases also showed a declining trend. This clearly shows that the government’s move, which was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to impose a movement restriction through the MCO is right.
“With MCO, we can help break the Covid-19 transmission chain,” he added.