Self-test before 'balik kampung', says Khairy

'If you want to balik kampung to see your elderly parents, do the RTK saliva test,' Khairy advised. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

'If you want to balik kampung to see your elderly parents, do the RTK saliva test,' Khairy advised. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has called on those who want to “balik kampung” (return to their hometown) to do a Covid-19 self-test before making interstate travel.

In fact, he said people living in high contact and mobility settings are encouraged to conduct regular Covid-19 testing.

Khairy in his Twitter update on Wednesday said there is only 1.6% left before Malaysia hits the 90% threshold for the government to open interstate travel.

“While the Ministry of Health (MoH) has transitioned to symptomatic testing, we encourage people who are in high contact and mobility settings to test [themselves] regularly.

“If you want to ‘balik kampung’ to see your elderly parents, do the RTK saliva test. Keep them safe,” he said.

Follow our Covid-19 vaccination tracker to see where we are in the race to herd immunity.

Based on the COVIDNOW portal, a total of 20,698,852 people or 88.4% of the adult population in the country had completed their Covid-19 vaccination as of Tuesday, less than 2% short of the targeted 90%.

On Sept 22, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that interstate activity will be allowed when 90% of adults in Malaysia are vaccinated against Covid-19.

In another tweet, Khairy noted that as the country is moving towards treating the Covid-19 pandemic as endemic, it much now depends on personal responsibility and behaviour.

“As we transition towards endemicity, we cannot police things anymore, such as setting up roadblocks to see if you have been fully vaccinated. I believe we can rise to the challenge in #ReopeningSafely,” he added.