For those who have family or relatives staying in different states, we know that you're counting down the days until you could see them again.
However, we have some bad news: that day may not come as soon as you think it would.
A safety precaution
It's been reported that the government may keep the inter-district and interstate ban in place even after the current movement control order (MCO) is lifted.
In fact, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah told The Star Online
that the travel ban may go on until at least 70 per cent of the population in Malaysia have been vaccinated.
Based on the vaccination schedule
released by the Ministry of Health, it may take up to August or September 2021 (if we're lucky) to vaccinate around 22 million Malaysians, which is 70 per cent of the entire population in the country.
That's a very long
time to be stuck in one place.
Dr Noor Hisham told the news portal that the decision to to re-allow interstate travel on 7 December has resulted in outbreaks in "green states", and the government is not keen on repeating that mistake.
"We saw on 7 December when the government allowed interstate travel. The infection was spread to other states.
“Those who were from red zones travelled to green zones, such as Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan," he was quoted as saying.
Therefore, Dr Noor Hisham said the government will stick to two approaches to control the pandemic: vaccination and public health measures.
“Once 70 per cent of the population have been vaccinated, we may then consider reopening borders,” he added.
What do you guys think of this move? Do you guys think it's what needs to be done, or it's a bit too extreme? Sound of in the comment section.