Here is a collection of articles as it appeared during the Movement Control Order period. The Movement Control Order was a restriction on movement to increase social distancing as well as to temporarily close non-essential businesses to control the increase in the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. COVID-19 has become a global pandemic.

The Movement Control Order (MCO) is known as Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) in the Malaysian Language. Some media translated the Movement Control Order as Movement Restriction Order.

Initially the Movement Control Order was announced on 16 March 2020 to begin on 18 March 2020 and end on 31 March 2020.

However on 25 March 2020, the Movement Control Order was extended to end on 14 April 2020. This is known as Phase 2 with stricter measures on movement.

On 10 April 2020, an announcement was made that the Movement Control Order was further extended from 15 April 2020 to 28 April 2020 as Phase 3.

Another announcement was made on 23 April 2020 to further extend the Movement Control Order to Phase 4 from 29 April 2020 to 12 May 2020.

However on 01 May 2020, partially through the Movement Control Order Phase 4, a new phase called Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was implemented to start from 04 May 2020. In this phase within a phase, a great number of industries were allowed to operate.

On 10 May 2020, the Conditional Movement Control Order was further extended to 09 June 2020.

On 07 June 2020, a new Recovery Movement Control Order period was announced to commence from 10 June 2020 to 31 August 2020.

On 28 August 2020, the Recovery Movement Control Order period was further extended until the end of the year, 31 December 2020.

As cases mounted, Sabah and Klang Valley were put into a Conditional Movement Control Order which became almost nationwide from 09 November 2020 – 06 December 2020 (with the exception of Perlis, Pahang and Kelantan).

On 01 January 2021 the Recovery Movement Control Order was extended until 31 March 2021. Cases in the Klang Valley (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) and some parts of Malaysia were still under an extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order until 14 January 2021.

On 11 January 2021, an announcement was made on:

  1. Return to Movement Control Order in Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan), Johor, Sabah and Melaka
  2. Conditional Movement Control Order in Kedah, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang
  3. Recovery Movement Control Order in Sarawak and Perlis

for the period from 13 – 26 January 2021.

On 12 January 2021, an announcement was made to put Malaysia in a state of emergency until 01 August 2021.

On 19 January 2021, an announcement was made to place all the states into Movement Control Order from 22 January 2021 (except Sarawak).

Subsequently on 21 January 2021 all the Movement Control Order states were standardised to end on 04 February 2021.

On 02 February 2021 the Movement Control Order was extended to 18 February 2021.

The Movement Control Order extension was announced on 16 February 2021 for Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang until 04 March 2021 with the rest of the country under Conditional Movement Control Order and only Perlis under Recovery Movement Control Order for the same time period.

An announcement was made on 02 March 2021 that the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perak and Kelantan will be placed under Conditional Movement Control Order and Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, Sabah, Federal Territory Putrajaya and Federal Territory Labuan will be placed under Recovery Movement Control Order in the period from 05 March 2021 to 18 March 2021. Sarawak was still under Conditional Movement Control Order until 15 March 2021.

On 16 March 2021, an announcement was made that the Conditional Movement Control Order was to be extended from 18 March 2021 to 31 March 2021 in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor and Kelantan. Sarawak was extended until 29 March 2021. The rest of the country was placed under Recovery Movement Control Order until 31 March 2021.

On 30 March 2021, an announcement was made that the Conditional Movement Control Order was extended again from 01 April 2021 to 14 April 2021 in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor and Kelantan. Sarawak was extended until 12 April 2021. The rest of the country was placed under Recovery Movement Control Order until 14 April 2021.

On 12 April 2021, an announcement was made that the Conditional Movement Control Order was extended again from 15 April 2021 to 28 April 2021 in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor and Kelantan. Sarawak was extended until 26 April 2021. The rest of the country was placed under Recovery Movement Control Order until 28 April 2021.

On 28 May 2021, an announcement was made to put the whole country into a Full Movement Control Order from 01 – 14 June 2021.

On 11 June 2021, an announcement was made to extend the Full Movement Control Order from 14 – 28 June 2021.

On 25 June 2021, a 4 phased approach was introduced with Key Performance Indicators to be met before moving through each phase.

On 27 June 2021, the Full Movement Control Order Phase 1 was announced to be extended until the 4 Key Performance Indicators are met.

On 01 July 2021, an announcement was made to impose Enhanced Movement Control Order in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

A sporadic announcement of MCO were announced in the interim period and by 10 May 2021, an announcement was made that the Movement Control Order will cover the whole nation from 12 May 2021 to 07 June 2021.

Note: During the Movement Control Order, areas where there is a large outbreak is managed as an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) with very strict movement control.

Here is a summary of the Movement Control Order Phases:

Movement Control Order Phase 1: 18 – 31 March 2020

Movement Control Order Phase 2: 01 – 14 April 2020

Movement Control Order Phase 3: 15 – 28 April 2020

Movement Control Order Phase 4: 29 April – 12 May 2020, ended abruptly on 03 May 2020

Conditional Movement Control Order was implemented from 04 May – 12 May 2020

Conditional Movement Control Order extension: 13 May – 09 June 2020

Recovery Movement Control Order: 10 June – 31 August 2020

Recovery Movement Control Order extension: 01 September – 31 December 2020

Conditional Movement Control Order reinstatement: 09 November – 06 December 2020

Conditional Movement Control Order was extended in selected areas during this period.

Recovery Movement Control Order extension: 01 January – 31 March 2021

Movement Control Order (2.0) reinstatement: 13 – 26 January 2021 (5 states and 3 Federal Territories)

Conditional Movement Control Order reinstatement: 13 – 26 January 2021 (6 states)

Recovery Movement Control Order still in effect in 2 states

Movement Control Order will be in effect in all states except for Sarawak: 22 January onwards with multiple extensions with the latest until 18 February 2021.

Movement Control Order extension: 19 February 2021 – 04 March 2021 (3 states)

Conditional Movement Control Order reinstatement: 05 March 2021 – 18 March 2021 (8 states); Sarawak – until 15 March 2021

Recovery Movement Control Order reinstatement: 05 March 2021 – 18 March 2021 (7 states)

Conditional Movement Control Order extension: 19 March 2021 – 31 March 2021 (5 states); Sarawak – until 20 March 2021

Recovery Movement Control Order extension: 19 March 2021 – 31 March 2021 (the rest of the country)

Conditional Movement Control Order extension: 01 April 20201 – 14 April 2021 (5 states); Sarawak – until 12 April 2021

Recovery Movement Control Order extension: 01 April 2021 – 14 April 2021 (the rest of the country)

Conditional Movement Control Order extension: 15 April 20201 – 28 April 2021 (5 states); Sarawak – until 26 April 2021

Recovery Movement Control Order extension: 15 April 2021 – 28 April 2021 (the rest of the country)

Movement Control Order (3.0) reinstatement: 12 May 2021 – 07 June 2021

Full Movement Control Order: 01 – 14 June 2021

Full Movement Control Order extension: 15 – 28 June 2021

Phase 1: 29 June 2021 until Key Performance Indicators are met for Phase 2

State of Emergency: 12 January – 01 August 2021

Here are the events:

  1. Pos Malaysia’s COVID-19 Service Alert issued on 17 March 2020: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/17/covid-19-mail/
  2. First Mails posted on 18 March 2020 from the Kuala Lumpur General Post Office: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/18/18-march-2020-only-essential-services-operating/
  3. Pos Malaysia reduces service hour on 20 March 2020: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/20/20-march-2020-pos-malaysia-reduces-the-service-hours/
  4. First usage of the COVID-19 safety slogan on 24 March 2020: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/25/covid-19-slogan-cancellation-on-covid-19-movement-control-order-period/
  5. Impacts to the tentative Malaysia Stamp Schedule: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/25/probable-scenarios-on-the-malaysia-stamp-issue-schedule-2020/
  6. A study on the COVID-19 safety slogan: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/27/getting-the-pos-malaysia-covid-19-movement-control-order-safety-slogan/
  7. Documenting the events on personal printed covers: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/28/envelopes-sizes-used-in-the-world/
  8. WHO and various postal authority guidance on receiving mails: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/29/guidance-from-authoritative-sources-receiving-mail-during-the-covid-19-period/
  9. First usage of the anti COVID-19 logo safety slogan on 27 March 2020: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/01/30-march-2020-new-pos-malaysia-covid-19-safety-slogan/
  10. Interruption to International Mail: https://myfdc.me/2020/03/31/31-march-2020-pos-malaysia-announced-an-interruption-to-international-mail-and-parcel/
  11. Start of Phase 2 Movement Control Order: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/03/todays-covid-19-safety-slogan-mail-01-april-2020-start-of-phase-2-movement-control-order/
  12. Alternate day collection, postmarking and delivery: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/06/alternate-pos-malaysia-deliveries-and-pick-ups-during-the-movement-control-order-period/
  13. Pos Malaysia making the Anti COVID-19 logo safety slogan available to Standing Order Deposit Account holders: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/14/pos-malaysia-making-the-covid-19-safety-slogan-available-to-soda/
  14. Resumption of International Mail and Parcel service: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/23/pos-malaysia-international-mail-and-parcel-services-resumption/
  15. Tabulation of slogan for mails posted out of Kuala Lumpur postbox: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/15/report-from-the-recipients-processed-in-machine-10/
  16. Start of Phase 3 Movement Order Control: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/21/15-april-2020-postmark-start-of-movement-control-order-phase-3/
  17. More slogan usages: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/22/22-april-2020-some-nice-surprises-in-the-mail/
  18. Start of Phase 4 Movement Control Order: https://myfdc.me/2020/04/30/27-april-2020-one-day-before-the-end-of-movement-control-order-phase-3/
  19. Start of Conditional Movement Control Order: Almost all post office reopened: https://myfdc.me/2020/05/04/04-may-2020-reopening-of-all-post-offices-under-the-conditional-movement-control-order/
  20. The  mails from the Klang Valley Mall Post Offices were collected on the latter part of the day on 05 May 2020 and processed in the National Mail Centre on 06 May 2020 onwards. The mails were processed on Machine 03 (single ring), Machine 03 (double ring), Machine 08 (single ring). This was gathered from period mail drops into the mall post office until the morning of 05 May 2020.
  21. Extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order: https://myfdc.me/2020/05/13/13-may-2020-selamat-hari-raya-aidilfitri-setem-ku/
  22. The end of the Conditional Movement Control Order and the start of the Recovery Movement Control Order: https://myfdc.me/2020/06/10/09-june-2020-this-weeks-covid-19-mail/
  23. The Philatelic Bureau issued a revised stamp schedule on 11 June 2020 following a more relaxed Recovery Movement Control Order: https://myfdc.me/2020/06/11/next-official-stamp-issue-18-june-2020-and-an-updated-malaysia-stamp-issue-schedule-programme/
  24. 18 June 2020: The first official stamp issue in the Recovery Movement Control Order phase.
  25. The last seen anti COVID-19 logo slogan cancellation was on 25 June 2020.
  26. The Machine 01 double ring cancellation from 29 June 2020 onwards no longer has the anti COVID-19 logo slogan.
  27. An announcement was made on the evening of 30 July 2020 that the International Mail, Parcel and EMS services (except Singapore) will be temporarily suspended from 03 August 2020 until further notice.
  28. The set of COVID-19 logo type slogan cancellation sets were delivered to those who ordered in April 2020.
  29. There were disruptions in the mail to the Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order areas in Perlis and Kedah announced on 10 August 2020.
  30. The Sandakan Post Office was temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 positive case from 04 October 2020.
  31. Further disruptions to Limbang was announced on 05 October 2020 as the mail passed via Miri through Brunei into Limbang. Brunei imposed stricter border controls.
  32. As Sabah cases continued to rise, the mail to Sabah was subsequently delayed and the announcement came out on 06 October 2020.
  33. The Kunak Post Office was temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 positive case and announced on 08 October 2020.
  34. Another temporary closure to the UTC Sabah Post Office took effect from 07 October 2020.
  35. Further temporary closure was issued in Kota Kinabatangan Post Office with the notice issued on 12 October 2020.
  36. 1 Utama Post Office was temporarily closed starting from 12 October 2020.
  37. On 14 October 2020, Pos Malaysia announced that the deliveries to Sabah will be delayed due to the Conditional Movement Control Order. Post office operating time hours were revised 08:00 am – 03:00 pm (weekdays).

38. On 25 October 2020, Pos Malaysia announced a temporary closure of the Integrated Parcel Centre (IPC) in KLIA.

39. On 29 October 2020, Pos Malaysia made the following announcements on the temporary closure of Tawau Post Office but a resumption of the Kota Kinabatangan and Sandakan Post Offices.

40. An announcement on the disruption of mail to Limbang was published by Pos Malaysia on 14 January 2021.

41. An announcement was made by Pos Malaysia on 26 January 2021 that service to Limbang has resumed.

42. An announcement was made by Pos Malaysia on 26 February 2021 that Express Mail Service (EMS), a courier service, will resume to selected countries from 01 March 2021.

43. A further announcement was made by Pos Malaysia on 21 April 2021 that Express Mail Service (EMS), a courier service, has expanded by another 46 countries adding to the earlier 10 locations announced on 26 February 2021.

20210421 Additional International Express Service to 46 more destinations

44. Pos Malaysia announced shortened operating hours to start on 01 June 2021 during the Full Movement Control Order period. 

20210531-pos-malaysia-new-operating-hours-during-full-movement-control-order

45. Pos Malaysia released an update which is similar to the 31 May 2021 announcement.

20210703 Pos Malaysia Operating Hours EMCO

46. The International Mail has not resumed as at the time of update on 05 July 2021.

Known dates of the COVID-19 safety slogan cancellation from Machine 01 double ring:

  1. 24 March 2020: Non-logo type slogan
  2. 25 March 2020: Non-logo type slogan
  3. 27 March 2020: Logo type slogan
  4. 30 March 2020: Logo type slogan
  5. 31 March 2020: Logo type slogan (prepared for SODA)
  6. 01 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  7. 03 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  8. 06 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  9. 08 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  10. 10 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  11. 13 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  12. 14 April 2020: Logo type slogan (prepared for SODA)
  13. 15 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  14. 16 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  15. 17 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  16. 20 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  17. 22 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  18. 23 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  19. 27 April 2020: Logo type slogan
  20. 28 April 2020: Logo type slogan (also prepared for SODA)
  21. 04 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  22. 06 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  23. 08 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  24. 12 May 2020: Logo type slogan (also prepared for SODA)
  25. 13 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  26. 19 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  27. 20 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  28. 22 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  29. 29 May 2020: Logo type slogan
  30. 01 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  31. 02 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  32. 03 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  33. 05 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  34. 09 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  35. 10 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  36. 11 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  37. 12 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  38. 15 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  39. 16 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  40. 17 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  41. 18 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  42. 19 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  43. 22 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  44. 23 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  45. 24 June 2020: Logo type slogan
  46. 25 June 2020: Logo type slogan

If you come across any dates not listed above, please contact me to update the list. Many thanks for helping out.