Movement Control Order ("MCO")
The MCO was announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 16 March 2020.
The MCO period is between 18 March - 14 April 2020 (extended) for the whole of Malaysia.
The MCO is based on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.
The order includes:
- General prohibition of mass movements and gatherings across the country including religious, sports, social and cultural activities. To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and business premises should be closed, except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores and convenience stores selling everyday necessities. Specifically for Muslims, the adjournment of all religious activities in mosques and mosques including Friday Prayers is in line with decision made on 15 March 2020 by the Special Muzakarah Committee Meeting of the National Fatwa Council.
- Sanctions cover all Malaysians travelling abroad. For those who have just returned from overseas, they are required to undergo a health check and to do a quarantine (or self quarantine) for 14 days.
- Restrictions on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country.
- Closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools including daily schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centres and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions.
- Closure of all public and private higher education institutions ("IPT"s) and skills training institutes nationwide.
- Closure of all government and private premises except those involved in essential services.
Enhanced MCO ("EMCO") has been enforced at Kampung Dato’ Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Dato’ Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam, Kluang, Johor between 27 March- 9 April 2020.
KeepMeSafe is a community safety app. It connects the community (household, family members, neighbours, co-workers, qariah masjid) and the authorities (the police, klinik kesihatan and bomba) during crisis via a chat group. The chat group can remain as long as the MCO; or for better management, only when the household needs emergency assistance.
How it works?
- Each police station, klinik kesihatan and bomba needs to set up (a) KeepMeSafe account(s) on Android devices. These stations have the option to decide how many accounts they require. Each account requires a valid mobile phone number. These mobile phone numbers must be made known to the public.
- Each household (represented by the head of the household) needs to register a KeepMeSafe account. Each household connects (registers) to the authorities by sending an invitation via WhatsApp to the nearest police station, klinik kesihatan and bomba. We recommend to send a test alert to register the household details e.g. address, how many members living in the same house, age of each member, name of each member, contact numbers, email addresses (if necessary), etc.
- Each household has the option to connect to its community circle (e.g. the families, neighbours, friends, etc) as they see fit.
- When the household needs to communicate with the authorities, each household sends an alert to the authorities. Both household and authorities will be grouped together in a chat group. The household can use this communication line to alert or inform the authorities:
- If the household member is showing symptom of Covid-19 infection.
- If there is a crime being committed.
- If the household needs to go out to work or buy groceries.
- Other medical emergencies like pregnancy-related.
- For households under EMCO, to inform the authorities that their food supply is running low.
- Other type of emergencies, if required.
- The household can choose to include or not its other community circle in the chat only when the alert was sent. We have disabled extended invitations after the alert has gone out for security reasons.
- KeepMeSafe is still under development stage and it is the first concept of its kind in the world. We are currently proposing to the Government to consider it for its long term crisis / emergency management. The version that is available is a working prototype. However, we believe the prototype is good enough for public use considering the need to have better communication between the local authorities and the local communities due to Covid-19 threat. We can and will continue to improve KeepMeSafe with feedback from the public.
- The prototype is only for Android devices and available on Google Play Store.