Selangor Journal
People use ATM machines at the Maybank headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, on July 19, 2019. — Picture by REUTERS

ATM operating hours back to normal from tomorrow

PUTRAJAYA, May 31 — Automated Teller Machine restricted operating hours between 8am and 8pm, implemented during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional movement control order (CMCO), will be lifted from tomorrow.

Senior Minister (security cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said ATM operating hours will revert to normal from tomorrow as per banks’ practices.

The operating hours had been restricted to between 8am and 8pm during the MCO and CMCO as part of the government’s efforts to break the Covid-19 infection chain.

“The public, however, must keep complying with social distancing protocols while using the ATMs,” he said at the daily media briefing on the CMCO here today.

The government had enforced the 8am to 8pm ruling on April 19, following findings by the police that many were out late at night on the pretext of wanting to make ATM withdrawals.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, said new features will be introduced in the government-developed MySejahtera application for the purpose of visitor registrations at business premises, including factories, constructions sites and offices.

He said MySejahtera Check-In can be used at three AEON premises beginning June 2.

“This will further help the government manage the Covid-19 outbreak in line with the reopening of the country’s economic sectors,” he said.

He said there have been 770,216 registrations and 929,276 health assessments recorded through the application up to May 29.

As such, Ismail Sabri urged the public to download the application, which is available in the Galeri Aplikasi Mudah Alih Kerajaan Malaysia (Gamma), Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Huawei AppGallery, to help the government contain the pandemic.

On Gawai Day which will be celebrated in Sarawak tomorrow, Ismail Sabri gave a reminder that the celebration was only allowed for the first day with only a maximum of 20 family members and close neighbours allowed in the house at any one time, just as how it was for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Kaamatan.

“Covid-19 has changed the way how we celebrate festivities. We all have to adapt to the new normal and practise self-discipline to beat this pandemic,” he said while conveying his Gawai Day wishes to the people of Sarawak.

Asked whether inter-state travel police permission was still needed for emergency cases, married couples in different states, and workers who commute inter-state beginning tomorrow, Ismail Sabri said existing standard operating procedures still apply.

As for those who are unmarried, discussions on whether they should be allowed to cross state lines are still ongoing, Ismail Sabri said, while urging them to be patient.

On the plea by several parties, including pasar malam (night market) traders and wedding photographers, to be allowed to resume trade, he said the matter was also still being discussed.

“Pasar malam traders, for example, I have asked their association to hold discussions with the National Security Council (NSC) and the Health Ministry for specific SOPs to be implemented for the trade,” he said.

The operations of other sectors will also depend on whether the CMCO will be extended after June 9 or not, besides also taking into account the Covid-19 situation then.

In another development, Ismail Sabri said 159 individuals were detained yesterday for violating the CMCO, while another 457 were slapped with compounds.

He said one compound for issued for making a Hari Raya visit, while 144 were issued at roadblocks, with Perak recording the highest number of inter-state travel attempts with 42 cases followed by Selangor (32) and Penang and Johor with 24 compounds each.

— Bernama

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