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15 Important Updates in August that Malaysians Must Know!

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As we are getting along with new norm, we have to get used to the SOPs and follow the implemented new rules and regulations.

Recently, there were a quite number of new rules that are going to brought to action in the month of August. As Malaysians, it is our responsibility to get to know all the laws by the government.

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Here are the latest rules and regulations that we are up to for the month of August!

1. Wearing your face mask is MANDATORY!

On 23rd July 2020, the Senior Minister of National Defense, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that starting 1st August 2020 it is compulsory for people to wear face masks in crowded public places and public transportation. You’ll be fined RM 1,000 if you failed to comply with the order.

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2. The price of the face masks are reduced.

The price of a piece of three-layered mask has been reduced from the original price of RM1.50 to RM1.20, 20% reduction, starting from 15th August 2020.

The wholesale price will be reduced from RM1.20 to RM1.15, a complete of 4.16%.

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3. Government eases loan repayment for up to months.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the move of postponing the loan repayment date for up to three months and implementing more targeted bank assistance is to ease the burden faced by the small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and the unemployed in 2020

Also, people who whose salary has been reduced due to the pandemic, they can request to postpone their loan repayments depends on the sector. For example, car loans can be postponed depends on the salary reduction rate, at least 6 months and can be extended based on your preference.

4. Application to redeem RM50 ePenjana credit in August.

The Ministry of Finance has announced that the citizens over the age of 18 can redeem RM50 ePenjana credit starting 31st July 2020. the RM50 reward must be applied before 24th September 2020 and must be used before 30th September 2020 or it will expire after the given date.

The citizens can receive the RM50 credit through Touch ‘n Go, Boost and Grab e-wallet platforms with extra benefits offered by the platforms.

For more details on the benefits, 【Click Here】.

5. Malaysians from Peninsular, Sabah and Labuan has to go through mandatory quarantine if you travel to Sarawak.

Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister who is also the state Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) chairman, announced on 26th July 2020, that all Malaysians who travel within the country to Sarawak has to undergo a mandatory quarantine at designated hotels at their final destination in the state starting 1st August.

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6. Malaysia-Singapore Reciprocal Green Lane are open for applications.

Singapore and Malaysia “Reciprocal Green Channel” (RGL) and “Periodic Commuter” (PCA) will be open for applications on 10th August 2020 to ease cross-border travel for both Singaporeans and Malaysians. This cross-border travel is expected to start by the earliest date of 17th August 2020.

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7. All international mail and parcel deliveries suspended by Pos Malaysia.

Starting 3rd August 2020, Pos Malaysia Berhad will be suspending all international mail, parcels and Express Mail services (EMS), excluding Singapore. This is only a temporary suspension of the mentioned services due to the different Covid-19 restriction in other countries. This suspension will be on action until further notice.

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8. 70% discount for all the traffic summons in the month of August!

Starting 1st August 2020 to 31st August 2020, you will be offered a discount of 70% to pay your traffic summons issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) including cases that have been blacklisted.

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9. Citizens can appeal if they haven’t receive their BSH credit.

The third phase of BSH payments have been distributed by July, but if you have not received it yet, you can start appealing for it starting 7 August 2020 till 6 September 2020. You can visit their official website for more information.

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10. Cut-off date for tax is extended!

The deadline for tax filling which is Form B and Form P was extended from 30th June 2020 to 31st August 2020.

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11. School holiday dates for August has been announced!

The following dates are the public holidays and school holidays for the month of August:

  • 1st August 2020: The second of Hari Raya Haji (official holiday for Kedah, Kuantan, Perlis and Terengganu).
  • 2nd August: Supplementary Hari Raya Haji holiday (for Kelantan and Terengganu only).
  • 20th August: Awal Muharram
  • 31st August: National Day

The second period of national school holidays originally fell from July 25 to August 2. Due to the pandemic, it will be changed to August 20 to August 24.

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12. 2020 National Day parade is cancelled.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Day parade for 2020 will not be held to avoid the gathering of large crowds which will lead to the spread of Covid-19.

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13. 20% discount on domestic flights by Malaysia Airlines!

Malaysia Airlines offers a 20% discount on domestic flights for local teachers, university professors, lecturers and students. The booking date is from 9th July 2020 to 10th August 2020 and the flight date is from 10th July 2020 to 30th November 2020.

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14. The payment of electricity bill is extended!

The electricity bill payment duration is extended to 31st December 2020. Peninsular Malaysia household will have a discount of 2% on electricity bills.

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15. 31st August 2020 is the last day of RMCO!

As the Prime Minister has announced before, the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is implemented from 10th June 2020 and is supposed to end on 31st August 2020 since the Prime Minister has not announced whether the time limit is extended for the movement control order so far. Let’s just wait for the announcement from the Prime Minister!

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These are the latest announcements and regulations by the Malaysian government so far for the month of August! Remember to comply to the rules!