Dr Adham Baba said this comes as the spread of COVID-19 in the country remains at an "alarming level", with new variants in the community while the vaccination programme continues.
Malaysia's Ministry of Health's (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, or MOH/KKM), has proposed the postponement of cross-state travel for Aidilfitri celebrations this year.
Cited in an article by Astro AWANI, shared on the ministry's Facebook page yesterday (15 April), Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said this proposal comes as the spread of COVID-19 in the country remains at an "alarming level".
He explained: "Many parties are appealing to the government to allow cross-state (travel) for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations. The MOH has suggested that cross-state (travel) be postponed.
"It is because there are new variants in the community and the immunisation programme is still ongoing."
According to Astro AWANI, in response to queries on whether those who have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine can be exempted, Dr Adham stated that he was still awaiting findings by the World Health Organization and the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
He added: "However, for those who work as front-line workers, cross-state activities are allowed because it is a requirement for them to work."
Earlier on in March, Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah cross-state travel will only be allowed depending on a risk assessment by MOH.
It involves six key factors, namely:
- Daily case situations including cases that have been cured and allowed to return;
- Trends and rates of infections;
- The current situation involving the death rate and the number of death cases;
- The capacity of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and wards in the hospital
- The current situation of infected health workers; and
- Screening tests conducted in the field, screening for diseases such as influenza, severe acute respiratory infections and pre -surgical sampling, as well as ward admission.