Married couples can reunite from June 1 but uni students can't clear dorms yet: Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA (May 30): Married couples who are working in different states will be allowed to travel interstate from June 1, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a Bernama report today.

He said the matter was decided at the Special Ministerial Meeting on the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) today upon obtaining the advice of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

“Crossing between states is still not allowed except for work, and emergencies such as death or medical treatment,” he told the daily media conference on CMCO in Putrajaya today.

The government had earlier allowed the husband or wife to travel interstate during the CMCO to meet their respective families after obtaining approval from police.

However, in a media conference on May 12, several days before the first day of Aidilfitri, Ismail said such travel is no longer allowed.

Meanwhile, Malaysiakini reported Ismail Sabri saying students who are trying to secure interstate travel permission to return to their universities in order to clear out their belongings at dormitories no longer need to do so.

The report said he did not name the universities but explained that they have withdrawn the instruction to students to clear out their dormitories.

Malaysiakini understands that it involves a public university in the Klang Valley and another in Pahang.

Ismail was asked about students' predicament to retrieve their belongings as police have refused their request for interstate travel to their university as it did not constitute an emergency.

Public university students who were stranded on campus during the movement control order since March 18 have mostly been bussed home by the government in late April.

The Higher Education Ministry on May 27 decided that all learning at public universities will be conducted online for the rest of this year.

This means students who have returned home will see their belongings including motorcycles left unattended at their dormitories for the rest of the year.

As students will no longer need to be on campus until the end of the year, a number of public universities had asked students to take their belongings home.

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