The skills training sector, industrial training centres, and vocational colleges are also allowed to operate in all phases of the National Recovery Plan.

Starting 1 October 2021 (Friday), Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor) and Melaka will begin Phase Three of Malaysia's National Recovery Plan (NRP), while Kedah will begin Phase Two, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri had announced on 29 September (Wednesday) after a Special Committee on Pandemic Management meeting. With this progress, there are no states left in Phase One of NRP.

As it stands, here's which phase each state stands in:

  • Phase Two: Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor, and Sabah.
  • Phase Three: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Melaka, Perlis, Pahang, Terengganu, and Sarawak.
  • Phase Four: Negeri Sembilan and Labuan.

"This phase transition was made after taking into account the current risk assessment by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and the National Security Council (NSC)," PM Ismail said.

As of 28 September (Tuesday), the Prime Minister revealed that one, Malaysia is witnessing a declining trend for the R-naught rate of COVID-19; two, 85.1% of the adult population is fully vaccinated under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Beyond the progress of NRP, the Prime Minister also shared a few relaxed measures that were approved during the meeting. They are as follows:

  • Official government and private functions including inaugurations and workshops are allowed in Phase Two, Three, and Four states.
    • This is provided the guests are fully vaccinated, and the premise is operating with 50% capacity for Phase Two and Three, and 100% capacity for Phase Four.
    • For individuals who are not vaccinated/fully vaccinated, they are required to undergo a pre-event test using a self-test kit before attending the event. The test must be conducted in the presence of the organiser or with a confirmation from a medical practitioner.

  • Skills training sector, industrial training centres, and vocational colleges are allowed to operate in all phases.
    • Operators must abide by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of each phase.

  • Institutes of higher learning (institut pengajian tinggi, or IPT) are allowed to operate in all phases, effective 15 October 2021.
    • Operators must abide by the SOPs of each phase.

  • Individuals are allowed to attend sports and recreational events in the Phase Two, Phase Three, and Phase Four states.
    • Spectators/supporters are to be fully vaccinated, wear masks face throughout the event, and not eat or drink while onsite.
    • Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to join such events.

PM Ismail urged the people, that even with these easing of measures, to continue to abide by the SOPs set in the effort to break the COVID-19 chain.

"I would like to express my deepest appreciation and congratulations to all Malaysian Families, especially the state governments who are working hard to manage the pandemic situation in their respective states, in order to meet the threshold values set," he added. Further, PM Ismail reminded the nation that the government will not only allow cross-state movement once the vaccination rate of the adult population reaches 90%, but also consider more economic sectors to return to normal operations.

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