Selangor Journal
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah during a press briefing on the latest Covid-19 update at the Health Ministry in Putrajaya, on May 16, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

Medical frontliners warned against abusing their status to ‘balik kampung’ — Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21— Medical frontliners have been warned against abusing their privilege and status by making interstate travels to ‘balik kampung’ for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Malay Mail reported today.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had also warned medical staff from using their department’s transportation for such purposes.

“If they are on leave, the rules apply to all.

“They will be like other public members. No one can use departmental transport for personal reasons,” Dr Noor Hisham was quoted by the English portal.

He said police action can be taken against the medical workers caught doing so regardless of their rank.

Dr Noor Hisham had during his daily Covid-19 press briefings repeatedly advised the public to remain at home during the upcoming Hari Raya festival and restraint from travelling.

The people are also continuously reminded to monitor and maintain the standard operating procedure (SOP) outlined under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) when visiting their relatives.

He had also reminded the Muslim community to avoid the three Cs — crowded places, confined spaces and close conversation — during the visits.

Meanwhile, in a press briefing today, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 2,412 vehicles had attempted interstate travel to return to their hometowns for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, yesterday.

Following the continuous attempts by the public to travel back to their hometowns, Ismail Sabri said the Federal government had decided that interstate travels are no longer permitted from today onwards.

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