A number of drone violations in recent weeks have forced the Malaysian government to remind its citizens that regulations and flight permissions are still in place, despite the quiet streets.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has issued a statement to all recreational and commercial drone pilots, saying that they still need to obtain permission for any flight taken.
Some recent violations appear to have been made with good intentions, with pilots tracking those flouting coronavirus lockdown rules.
However, the government has been forced to remind citizens that any flights require an online application to be submitted.
The CAAM commented: “We would like to stress that if a UAS/drone operation is carried out without the CAAM’s authorisation, it may cause a hazard to other airspace users and endanger the public.”
This comes after last week’s announcement that Malaysia had extended its lockdown period by two weeks, with an end-date of mid-April now possible.