Restaurants and food delivery can operate until 6am during fasting month

All restaurants, eateries, stalls, fast food outlets and food delivery services are allowed to operate until 6am in light of the Ramadan fasting month which starts tomorrow. Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this special permission by the National Security Council (NSC) is only given for the month of Ramadan. However, the operation hours of restaurants and eateries in shopping malls are subject to the respective mall’s operation hours. He also said the NSC would allow the hosting of “buka puasa” events and Ramadan buffets, albeit under strict SOP. Tables must be distanced 2m apart for the buka puasa and buffet sessions. Sanitisation and disinfection must also be conducted before and after the majlis berbuka puasa or buffet sessions. “For buffet sessions, hosts are required to allot more serving points for visitors to avoid congestion. The food must also be served by the waiters during these sessions,” he said. (NST Online)

CMCO extended for KL, five states, says Ismail Sabri

Kuala Lumpur along with five states will remain under CMCO, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Senior Minister said the states under the CMCO are Selangor, Johor, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak. Meanwhile Putrajaya and Labuan, along with Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah will be under the RMCO. “Conditional and recovery MCO period will be from April 15 to April 28 except in Sarawak where the period will start from April 13 until April 26,” he said. He also said interstate travel is still not allowed except for tourism activities between states under the RMCO through the green travel bubbles. Interdistrict travel is allowed except in Sabah and Sarawak in accordance with standard operating procedures set by the respective state governments. (The Star)

APHB to invest RM4.3b on projects in Sabah, Selangor

AP HOLDINGS Bhd (APHB), a subsidiary of Koperasi Amanah Pelaburan Bhd (KAPB), has entered into an investment joint-venture (JV) deal with Chase Perdana Sdn Bhd and Academic Medical Centre (AMC) to invest RM4.3 billion on two upcoming projects. The partnership aims to develop residential and commercial properties with a combined GDV of RM11 billion in Sabah and Selangor. KAPB chairman Datuk Ilyas Mohamad said the first project in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, will see APHB and Chase Perdana take on a mixed development of 25 acres. The second project is a hospital with a capacity of more than 400 beds and a university with an area of 141 acres in Serdang involving a GDV of almost RM8 billion. “Both developments are expected to take between five and 10 years to be fully completed with a total GDV of RM11 billion,” he said. (The Malaysian Reserve)

Expired social visitor pass holders need to leave Malaysia before April 21

The Immigration Department confirmed today that all foreigners with expired social visit passes would need to leave the country before or on April 21. Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said enforcement action would be taken against those who failed to do so. He added that those who have difficulties to return to their country of origin could request for a special pass to extend their stay in the country but it would need to be supported by their respective embassies. “Documentation proving their financial means and residential address while in the country must be attached,” he said. Khairul Dzaimee said the department understood that foreigners would face difficulty returning to their own countries because of the lack of flights and the Covid-19 pandemic situation in their own countries. But he did reveal that the department discovered several cases of pass abuse by foreigners during several enforcement operations, including working in entertainment outlets, massage centres and being involved in prostitution, scams and other violations of the law. “Foreigners who have been allowed to stay in the country based on social visit passes must comply with the rules and regulations set under the Immigration Act,” he added. (Malay Mail)

70% discount on traffic summonses

Motorists on the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) blacklist due to outstanding summonses will get a chance to wipe clean their record at a huge discount, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. This comes after the Transport Minister announced that JPJ is offering a 70% discount for some 3.5 million outstanding summonses until June in conjunction with the department’s anniversary. “The offer is for compoundable summonses only, and begins on April 13 until June 11,” he said. The discount would be beneficial to motorists, particularly those who earn a living as drivers but were unable to renew their driving licence or road tax, for being blacklisted. JPJ’s initiative runs concurrently with the 50% discount for policew traffic summons, as long as it is paid through the MyBayar Saman app by April 15, subject to conditions. (The Star)