MCO Phase 4 now allows 2 people from the same household for grocery shopping


As we enter the 4th phase of the MCO, it has been confirmed that by multiple local newspaper agencies that the government will now allow two family members from the same household for essential grocery shopping. This amendment was approved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which will be in effect from now onwards until 12 May (until further notice).

The amendment which was made to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 Gazette, Regulation 4, the Attorney General’s Chambers official Federal Gazettes just published it officially last night. Initially, Regulation 4 was about "no one can be accompanied by any other person" unless it was a special case. Now the new amendment reads:

“Where a person moves from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area — to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement, daily necessities or any other goods from any provider of essential services;

“His movement shall only be to a place within a radius of not more than ten kilometres from his residence, or to a place nearest to his residence if such food, medicine, dietary supplement is or daily necessities or other goods are not available at a place within a radius of not more than ten kilometres from his residence;

“And he may be accompanied by one family member staying in the same house. The gazette reads similarly for those out to seek healthcare or medical services, the only differing clause being that a person may be accompanied by any other person, or as may be reasonably necessary, without spelling a definitive number.

Besides that, there were also other amendments published last night as well such as the Employees Provident Fund Act 1991 and the Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation Act 2011. Guess you won't need to get scolded for bringing back the wrong food items anymore (haha!). Stay home, stay safe and stay tuned for more local tech news at