PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has agreed to offer a 20% discount to teachers and lecturers as schools and learning institutions reopen.
Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said at a press conference that this agreement was reached after discussions between Putrajaya and the airline.
He thanked the management for offering these discounts and called on other airlines to also lower their ticket prices for students, teachers and lecturers.
Teachers and lecturers may acquire the discount by booking from July 9 to Aug 10 for flights between July 10 and Nov 30.
The discount may be acquired through online booking and using a promo code that will be announced by the education and higher education ministries.
Meanwhile, students who are members of the MH Explorer programme will also be eligible for the 20% discount until Nov 30 or when their membership expires.
Those who want to sign up for the programme may do so through MAB’s website.
“We are helping them because they need to return to their workplaces and campuses. For example, those teaching in Sabah or Sarawak have to go back. They have no choice even if the air ticket prices are high,” Ismail said.
He added that Malaysians travelling to and from Sabah and Sarawak would not need to undergo home quarantine, although some individuals might be randomly screened upon arrival.
Police caught and fined 12 individuals yesterday for participating in contact sports (8) and other activities (4) that were in breach of SOPs.
A total of 375 Malaysians returned from China, Indonesia, Japan, India and Qatar yesterday, with one of them being sent to the hospital while the others were allowed to stay under home quarantine.
Ismail said Merdeka celebrations would be muted this year due to the pandemic, with no plans for the usual parade on Aug 31 and the countdown the night before.
However, he said the communications and multimedia minister would announce the list of programmes and celebrations that would be allowed during the Merdeka month.
“For now, anything involving the gathering of crowds is not allowed. But I believe the communications and multimedia ministry will announce this in detail. For programmes that are allowed, the SOPs will be presented by the ministry.”
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