Sunday, September 13, 2020

Entry-Exit Rules for Malaysians

Malaysia’s Immigration Department yesterday released updated rules for Malaysians wanting to enter or leave the country until the RMCO ends on December 31, 2020. 

Those who can leave the country without prior approval from the department are diplomats on duty travel and their dependents; students continuing their studies and those who have just received study offers; students taking exams; and long-term pass holders of other countries (e.g. permanent residents, resident pass, employment pass). 

Malaysians who need the department’s green light to leave the country are those who came in during the MCO period; have just got job offers; need to attend meetings/seminars/exhibitions or go on business matters; emergency travel; and parents accompanying children to study abroad. 

Those going for holidays and social visits to family members overseas are not allowed to leave the country. 

Also, Malaysians who left the country during the MCO period are allowed to enter the country without seeking prior approval from the department.


On Saturday, a seven-goal thriller between Liverpool and Leeds United had absolutely everything a football fan would expect. Even better, it ended with the former securing a 4-3 victory. 

The English champions led three times only for newly-promoted Leeds, playing in the Premier League for the first time since 2004, to hit back three times. 

At the fourth minute, Mohamed Salah was the one to notch the opener when he drilled home a penalty. Leeds would equalize eight minutes later before Virgil van Dijk struck with a thumping header in the twentieth minute. But the Dutchman gifted Leeds with their second goal just ten minutes later before Salah powered a searing strike into the top corner in the thirty-third minute. Leeds made it 3-3 in the sixty-sixth minute after another dismal defensive effort from the Reds. And Liverpool grabbed the three points – with another penalty duly converted by the Egyptian king in the eighty-eighth minute. 

Sure, Liverpool got the job done – but this was an uncharacteristically sloppy display from the Reds. That aside, credit must be given to Leeds because they played Liverpool at their own high-intensity pressing game – and almost came away with a point.

The Mail’s Oliver Holt labelled the match “one of the best first day games” ever seen as he lauded the fearlessness of both sides: “There was no timidity, just daring. Liverpool, the champions, and newly-promoted Leeds went at it like two of the great clubs of the English game and it was beautiful”. So true!

For fans who are into collecting LFC stats, Mo Salah is the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in the opening game of a league season since John Aldridge against Charlton in 1988-89. 

Liverpool have a full week to prepare for their next game against Chelsea on September 20.

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