Malaysia is closing its borders to foreign nationals from India, Indonesia, and Philippines despite them being long-term pass holders.
This move comes as the government tries to stop the spread of the pandemic, as a sudden surge in imported cases were detected in the country.
India, Indonesia, and Philippines have also been having a significant rise of cases in the recent weeks, posing a potential risk if borders were reopened.
Senior Minister Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob added that the government is also monitoring the situation closely to ensure that no further spread could arise from foreign nationals of other countries who are in the country.
He also added that efforts to bring home Malaysians abroad are in the works.
“The meeting today decided to impose restrictions on citizens of India, Indonesia and Philippines entering the country. We have asked the Health Ministry to make detailed planning on how Malaysia should face threats and challenges in view of the possibility of an increase in cases during winter”, mentioned Senior Minister Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob