Malaysia Returns To Normal After Lockdown
Jun 07, 2020

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on June 7 said in a televised address that the country would reopen nearly all economic activity and allow interstate travel starting June 10, lifting coronavirus restrictions imposed nearly three months ago, local media reported.

Yassin said that the disease was brought “successfully under control,” and Malaysia would begin a “new recovery phase” until August 31.

“If my fellow citizens remain disciplined and spiritually strong, I believe the Covid-19 outbreak will remain firmly under control and we will then enter the normalisation phase after August 31 until a vaccine for Covid-19 is found,” he said.

He added that the government will ease restrictions on social, education and religious activities in phases with health guidelines in place, and businesses will be allowed to return to normal operating hours.

Also beginning June 10, Malaysians currently stuck abroad will be allowed to return home and will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days instead of being sent to quarantine centers in case they test negative for Covid-19.

Still no large gatherings allowed

Yassin encouraged domestic holidays as travel between states will be allowed, but said international borders will remain closed. Entertainment centers such as theme parks and night clubs will also not be allowed to open. Sports that involve close contacts, swimming in public pools and events involving a large gathering of people, including religious events, are also not allowed yet.

He said what was most important is that everyone must be prepared “to cultivate new habits” in their daily lives despite the difficulties that may be encountered by doing so.

To regenerate the country’s economy, stimulus packages worth $69 billion in total have been rolled out. Malaysia’s finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz said that Malaysia’s fiscal deficit will nearly double to around six per cent of its annual economic output this year in order to finance the stimulus.

As of June 7, Malaysia counted known infections was at 8,322, with 117 deaths and 6,674 persons recovered.