Ramadan is set to begin on the 24th of April this year. While many will usually choose to travel back to their respective hometowns to spend Ramadan with their families, this will unfortunately not be permitted this year due to the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO).
According to a report by Berita Harian, Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that interstate travel will not be allowed as long as the MCO is in effect. “Interstate travels has been prohibited since the first and second phase of the MCO. The same rules will still be applied even during Ramadan.
“which means, travelling en-masse back home (balik kampung) to celebrate the Ramadan will also not be allowed,” he said to the press after a senior minister meeting in Putrajaya yesterday.
The MCO, currently in its third phase, is scheduled to end on the 28th of April – five days into Ramadan. Although, it is currently unclear if there will be any further extensions to the MCO, or if there will be specific directives to restrict interstate travels.
The spread of the virus seems to be stabilising in the country, with 900 confirmed cases in the past week. However, the positive sign is not an invitation for us to let down our guards.
All of the hard work from our heroic front liners and our perseverance for the past 30 days will all be flushed down the drain if a “third wave” epidemic happens – even after the MCO. So while we can, please do stay home unless absolutely necessary!