New policies and big events in March, take a look.
1. Public Holidays
There are 3 public holidays in March, but they are only for specific states. 1 March is Mohammed’s Migration Day, and Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Terengganu will have holidays on this day.
March 4 is the enthronement day of the Sultan of Terengganu and Terengganu will have a day off, while March 23 is the birth anniversary of the Sultan of Johor and Johor will also have a day off.
2. School Opening
The final holidays for primary and secondary schools will end on March 20 and the new school year will start on March 21. The new school year for primary and secondary schools from 2022 will start in March and each school year will have 3 semesters. The 1st semester will be from March 21 to June 11/12, the 2nd semester will be from June 12/13 to September 10/11, and the 3rd semester will be from September 11/12 to March 11/12.
3. New measures for isolation
The Ministry of Health has updated the isolation schedule for confirmed patients and close contacts, and the new isolation policy will take effect from March 1.
Those who have received booster shots or have completed two doses of vaccination will only be isolated for 7 days after diagnosis. Those who have not yet completed their vaccination and those who have not been vaccinated will be isolated for 10 days.
For close contacts, those who have received a booster dose and do not have symptoms on the first day do not need to be isolated, but will need to undergo RTK Ag screening on the first and third days. Vaccinated booster patients with symptoms on the first day need to be isolated for 5 days.
Those who have received only two doses of vaccine will be isolated for 7 days. Those who have not been vaccinated or have not completed their vaccination will be quarantined for 10 days. Close contacts do not need to be quarantined if they have been infected within 60 days and have completed their vaccinations.
4. Tax Return
Part-time workers and business people can file their tax returns starting March 1! If you are a part-time worker, you will need to report your income for the past year using Borang BE. The deadline is April 30, 2022, and those who use e-Filing will get an additional 15 days to file their taxes, which means the deadline is May 15.
If you are a business person, then you want to report your income for the past year through Borang B. The deadline is June 2022. The deadline is June 30, 2022. You can also get an additional 15 days to file your tax return using e-filing, which is due on July 15.
5. CPF Announces Dividend Payout
Every year, the CPF announces its dividend payout in February, but this year is an anomaly, as the CPF Board will only announce the details of the dividend payout in early March.
6. BKM Assistance Payout
The results of the BKM grant application will be announced in March and the grant will be distributed in 4 phases, i.e. March, June, September and December. The family category will be paid in March, June, September and December, while the single category will be paid in March and September.
If you have provided your bank account details, you will receive the payment through your bank. For those who do not provide bank account information, they will need to come to BSN in person or send a representative to receive the payment.
7. First grade and preschool registration
Registration for preschool and first grade will open on March 1! Children born between January 2, 2017 and January 15, 2019 can enroll in preschool classes for the 2023/2024 school year. There are a total of 2 ways parents can enroll their child in the preschool class, which means applying online or going directly to the school to submit an application.
Children born between January 2, 2016 and January 1, 2017 will be enrolled in Primary 1 in 2023, while children born between January 2, 2017 and January 1, 2018 will be enrolled in Primary 1 in 2024. Parents can apply for their child’s first grade through the online system and the application results will be announced in July.
8. SPM Examination
The annual SPM exams will be held from March 2 to March 29! The epidemic has disrupted school schedules for classes and exams. According to information released by the Ministry of Education, the SPM exams will be held from March 2nd to March 29th.
9. Shutdown of 3G network
Eighty percent of the country’s 3G network base stations have been shut down, and the remaining 20% will be shut down by March 31. There are still 50,486 or 20% of the 3G network base stations still in operation, and MCMC hopes to shut down these base stations by March 31.
10. Vaccination booster
Attention those over 60 years of age who have received any brand of vaccine and those over 18 years of age who have received the Coxin vaccine! You must get your booster shot by March 31 or MySejahtera will show an incomplete vaccination status.
11. Bank Negara monetary policy meeting
The National Bank (Bank Negara) will hold a monetary policy meeting (MPC) on March 2 and March 3 to discuss whether to adjust the overnight policy rate (OPR). The results of the meeting will be announced in the afternoon of March 3.
12. National Bank Announces Digital Banking License
The National Bank will announce the results of digital banking applications in March! The National Bank has received a total of 29 applications for digital banking and the National Bank will only issue up to 5 digital banking licenses.
13. Johor State Election
Johor will hold a state election on March 12 and choose a new state government.
14. College students return to school
Students of tertiary institutions can return to school in phases starting from March 1, 2022. Students must be tested for coronary disease 3 days before entering campus and only those with negative reports will be allowed to return to school.
15. Maybank Secure2u
Maybank is progressively making Secure2u the preferred option for verifying banking transactions. Users will only be able to verify transactions through Secure2u when making specific transactions and will no longer receive SMS TAC.
From 8 March 2022, when you use Maybank2u to transfer funds to another Maybank account, you can only use Secure2u to validate the transaction. When you use Maybank2u to make an Interbank GIRO (IBG) interbank transfer, you will also only be able to use Secure2u to validate the transfer.
16. The Sting
The year 2022 falls at 10:44 pm on March 5. According to the astrological prediction of the Chinese New Year, people with the zodiac signs of Tiger, Dragon, Horse and Dog in 2022 will be in trouble with the White Tiger, which means that their luck will fluctuate in the new year, and they will be prone to trouble with petty people, lawsuits, accidents and illnesses.
17. Dragon’s Head
The second day of the second lunar month in 2022 falls on March 4 (Friday) of the solar calendar. Every year, there is a traditional custom to cut hair on the second day of the second lunar month. The Dragon’s Head is a very old traditional festival, which is less heard of than others. Then there are many customs of the Dragon’s Head, and cutting hair is one of them.