COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) advice
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has evolved rapidly since first being detected in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of China in December 2019 and has now become a public health emergency of international concern.
Much is happening across the world to contain its spread, including here in Malaysia and Sarawak, and the situation is still extremely fluid. Curtin Malaysia continues to follow Malaysian Federal Government and Sarawak State Government advice to protect the health and safety of our community.
This page provides key information and advice for the Curtin Malaysia community and other stakeholders. We encourage you to check this page frequently for updated information.
Updated 19 March 2020
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Key points and government advice
Key points for the Curtin Malaysia community, as advised by the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee and Malaysian health and education authorities, are:
General – Malaysia
- The Malaysian Federal Government has implemented a nationwide Restricted Movement Order (RMO) under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 and the Police Act 1967. The Order is effective from 12 midnight, 18 March to 31 March 2020 and the public is required to obey all regulations stipulated by the authorities.
- The current priority of the Government is to prevent the spread of the second wave of the outbreak in the country which requires drastic action to be taken to recover the situation as soon as possible. The Order includes:
- General prohibition of mass movements and gatherings of people across the country, including religious, sports, social and cultural activities. All houses of worship and business premises should be closed, except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores and convenience stores selling everyday necessities.
- Specifically for Muslims, the adjournment of all religious activities in mosques and suraus, including Friday prayers.
- Ban on Malaysians travelling abroad.
- All Malaysians who have just returned from overseas are required to undergo health checks and quarantine (or self-quarantine) for 14 days.
- Restrictions on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country.
- Closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools, including day schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centres and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions.
- Closure of all public and private higher education institutions (UAs & IPTs) and skills training institutes nationwide.
- Closure of all government and private premises except those involved in essential services (water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prisons, port, airport, safety, defence, cleaning, food retail and food supply.
- The Ministry of Higher Education is aware of the level of readiness of public and private universities in terms of infrastructure and lecturers in the implementation of online learning during the RMO. It also notes that there are IPTS registered as institutions that offer fully online Teaching & Learning. Universities that utilise full online learning in their Teaching & Learning are allowed to continue their online learning provided that all students have access to lecturers and infrastructure. Universities that do not fully utilise online learning in Teaching & Learning are not allowed to continue their online learning activities, taking into account the interests of students who may not necessarily have access to the Internet.
- University students, including international students, who are still on their campuses (in campus housing, rented premises or other lodgings) are to remain in those premises for the time being. They are not allowed to return to their hometowns or countries of origin throughout the RMO. They are to report to their university managements and be placed under their jurisdiction. The universities will be responsible for the students’ basic needs, safety and wellbeing.
- All operations of public and private universities are to be suspended, except essential services like water, electricity, power, telecommunications, post, transportation, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, security, housekeeping, sundry shops and food supply outlets. Food on campus is to be available only for delivery or takeaway.
- For more information on the RMO, call the National Operations Administration Centre, National Security Council at 03-8888 2010.
Specific to Sarawak
- All Sarawakians, including their spouses and children, can return to the State subject to compulsory 14 days self-quarantine through a Stay Home Notice (SHN). Spouses who are non-Sarawakians need to show proof of marriage certificate.
- Non-Sarawakians, including their spouses and children with Sarawak working permit/student pass/long term social pass, are allowed to enter the State subject to compulsory 14 days self-quarantine through a Stay Home Notice (SHN). Spouses who are non-Sarawakians need to show proof of marriage certificate.
- Sarawak MyPR holders are allowed to enter the State subject to compulsory 14 days self-quarantine through a Stay Home Notice (SHN).
- Non-Sarawakian civil servants, including their spouses and children, who are serving in Sarawak are allowed to enter the State subject to compulsory 14 days self-quarantine through a Stay Home Notice (SHN). Spouses who are non-Sarawakians need to show proof of marriage certificate.
* Exemption will be given by the Secretariat, State Disaster Management Committee to those who are required to travel under special circumstances. Applications can be made online via http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my)
- Bruneians, Indonesians (from Kalimantan), and Malaysians from Sabah, West Malaysia and Singapore on transit to Kalimantan and Brunei by land are to depart and report at entry points at Tebedu, Tedungan and Sg. Tujoh, Merapok, Mengkalap, Biawak, Lubokk Antu and Pandaruan) on the same day with their transit passes.
- For Sarawakians/non-Sarawakians with Sarawak working permit/student pass/long term social pass from Limbang, Lawas or Miri passing through Brunei are to apply for exemption from the 14 days self-quarantine.
- All Sarawakians and non-Sarawakians are allowed to exit the State. However, those who are on 14 days self-quarantine through a Stay Home Notice are not allowed to travel or the State until the 14 days duration is over.
- All visitors or passengers travelling into Sarawak either by air, land or sea must fill in a Health Declaration Form which will be provided on arrival or while on board the aircraft, vessels or transport. The forms are to be submitted along with travel documents to immigration officers at Points of Entry. Those who fail to do so or provide false information are liable to prosecution.
- Institutions of higher learning, both government and private, are to defer their new academic sessions by two (2) weeks effective 17 March 2020.
- Members of the public are advised to stop spreading fake or unverified news on social media/social messenger platforms. The police and MCMC will not hesitate to act against those found responsible for doing so. All suspects will be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998, which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, and shall be liable to a further fine or RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.
- The Sarawak Health Department is advising the public to observe the highest standard of hygiene. If they have flu, fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing, they are advised to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest designated government hospitals: Kuching Hospital (082-276666), Miri Hospital (085-420033), Bintulu Hospital (086-255899) and Sibu Hospital (084-343333).
- For any query on COVID-19, the public can contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) at 082-443248 or email email@example.com or contact the State Disaster Management Committee at 082-443991. For further updates on the COVID-19 situation in Sarawak, the public can visit the Sarawak Disaster Information Facebook Page (facebook.com/sarawakdisasterinfo/).
More updates on the situation in Malaysia can be found on the Malaysian Ministry of Health Malaysia* website.
Note:*This site is in Bahasa Malaysia. To view in English, right-click on the screen and select ‘Translate to English’.
Updates and enquiries
Curtin Malaysia is supporting staff and students affected by the travel bans or who must undergo self-quarantine.
We understand that members of the Curtin Malaysia community are concerned about this situation. Our Critical Incident Group chaired by Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Leunig includes expertise from across the campus. The Group is monitoring the situation and the advice from Government as part of developing Curtin Malaysia’s response to the novel coronavirus. We will continue to update staff and students as new information becomes available, and take actions to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.
Learn more about COVID-19
The following sites provide up-to-date information about the COVID-19:
For the safety of visitors to Curtin, please read this information.
Call our Security Hotlines at 085-630081 or 085-630082 if you need urgent help.
Contact our Health Centre at 085-630100 ext. 2782 / 2383 for medical advice or assistance.