Good news for those who have been stuck in their hometowns during the long movement control order (MCO) period!
As announced by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob during a media conference earlier yesterday (Wednesday, 22nd April), those who want to travel within states from their hometown can address their intention to the police very soon via an app called Gerak Malaysia.
Ismail further added that the application can be made through the Gerak Malaysia app starting from 25th April (this Saturday) onwards. While those who do not have access to internet can apply at the nearest police stations. People are also advised to make an appointment in advance. This is to avoid a large crowds swarming the station at the same time.
However, Ismail said that there’s still no guarantee that those who apply can make the interstate travel anytime soon. In this case, the final decision will be released only on 1st May following the approval of the National Security Council, as advised by the Ministry of Health.
“The application will begin on 25th April. By that time, we will check on how many people are planning to go back home. Then we are able to plan and implement rigorous standard operating procedures (SOPs),” Ismail was quoted as saying.
For those who are curious, the Gerak Malaysia app was developed by the Polis DiRaja Malaysia in collaboration with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
Update (23rd April):
The government announced only those stranded outside of their usual residences (especially students) are allowed to register in order to balik kampung.