Top News Malaysia bans long-term pass holders from three countries By TTG Asia / Posted on 2 September, 2020 8:43 In a move to tighten border controls, Malaysia will ban long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines from entering the country starting September 7. Senior minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said during a press briefing that the move was in response to a spike in Covid-19 cases in these countries. Long-term pass holders from India, Indonesia and the Philippines will not be allowed to set foot in Malaysia from next Monday; officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on standby to scan visitors for Covid-19 symptoms with a body temperature scanner pictured He added that the restriction includes those who are permanent resident pass holders, Malaysia My Second Home participants, expatriates with Employment Pass category 1, professional visit pass holders, Resident Pass and Spouse Visa and students. Ismail Sabri did not rule out the possibility that similar restrictions might be extended to citizens of other countries experiencing surges. “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,” The Star quoted him as having said. Another issue that needs to be looked into is the precaution measures that need to be taken in anticipation of the return of Malaysian citizens from countries experiencing winter, he added.