Brunei bars entry to Malaysians, transit travellers

MIRI: Brunei has temporarily suspended entry of Malaysians into the country or in transit through the sultanate for two weeks starting today as it tightens its border control in view of the introduction of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and declaration of Emergency in Malaysia yesterday.

In a press statement, its Ministry of Home Affairs said this was decided by the cross-border affairs steering committee in an update of conditions for entry and exit at its border posts.

On Monday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a new MCO that will begin at 12.01am today in the Federal Territories, Penang, Johor, Melaka, Selangor and Sabah. He also announced the declaration of Emergency by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong yesterday to help the country rein in the runaway Covid-19 infections and expedite assistance to flood-hit states.

Only commercial vehicles for delivery of imported food supplies and essential goods are allowed into Brunei during the coming two weeks.

The statement added that those commuting for work are also disallowed during this period.

“They are advised to stay at their place of work temporarily or take leave during this period of suspension,” it said.

Neighbouring Miri was declared a red zone by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee on Monday after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

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