CMCO: External exams at IPTS and public transport are allowed

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Higher Education Ministry announced that private universities may proceed with international examinations. In the announcement today, the ministry said examination centres at locations under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) are allowed to conduct.

National Security Council held a meeting yesterday and allowed tests to continue with the condition of following a fixed examination timetable.

Involved external exams

The exemption includes a total of 3,031 local and 195 international schools in federal territories and states under CMCO. Affected states and federal territories are Selangor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

However, involved examination candidates must obtain verification letters from their respective institutions before attending the examinations.

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International examinations that are eligible to sit for during CMCO are Cambridge GCE-A Levels examinations, Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) andĀ Canadian Pre-U.

Following that, the exemption also extended to those who take professional qualification tests. Those who registered for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) papers can proceed with their tests.

However, the given exemptions to the institutions of higher learning (IPTS) are subject to standard operating procedures (SOP).

Allowed transportation services

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All land, air and sea public transportation service can operate as usual, except for cruise ships and holiday cruise ships. The implementation is only for states and federal territories under CMCO. Involved states and federal territories are Sabah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

In a statement, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said all services, of course, must comply with the SOP.

Inter-district and interstate public transportation users

Datuk Wee said that those who needed to cross districts or states should obtain police permission or a letter from employers. Therefore, users must apply for permission letter before the journey.

He further added that the permission letter was to ensure that users travelled for essential purposes. Included essential purposes are emergencies and other allowed reasons in the SOPs.

Also, this applies to air travellers via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

Who are exempted from permission letter?

According to the transport minister, residents who commute or work within the same districts do not need to show any letter or pass. However, those who wish to travel from Selangor to Kuala Lumpur should obtain a letter from the nearest police station.

He added that users should always comply with SOPs, such as wearing a mask and practising physical distancing.


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