Only 30% of staff in the office


Fewer employees are seen at a unit in MBPJ headquarters after some of them started working from home this week following the Government’s directive on Tuesday. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

ALL services provided by local governments in Selangor will proceed as usual, although the staff count at their offices is capped at 30%.

This is in line with the work-from-home directive announced by the Government as well as a circular signed by Selangor State Secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya, effective Oct 22 until the end of the conditional movement control order (MCO).

Services by local authorities such as enforcement and health inspection are considered essential services.

The state secretary’s circular was sent to heads of Selangor government departments and agencies, mayors and presidents of Selangor local authorities as well as heads of Selangor statutory bodies and subsidiaries.

The circular, sighted by StarMetro, stated: “Effective Oct 22 until the end of the conditional MCO, all department heads have to ensure that the number of civil servants under the Selangor government at the workplace are kept at a maximum of 30%, while ensuring the departments and agencies’ services are not affected.

“Those whose work involves essential services as deemed by their department heads are exempt from the directive.

“All heads have to ensure their department’s basic services are not affected and operate as usual.”

It was further stated that department heads were to ensure that officers at management and administrative levels who were not needed in the office on a full-time basis either be rostered to work from home on a rotation or permanent basis throughout the conditional MCO period.

Those working from home have been instructed to be ready for duty at any time if there was an urgent need.

“Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will adhere to the directive of having only 30% of our staff physically in the office, ” said MBSA Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad.

“However, we will still continue with on-the-ground work such as sanitisation, patrols and monitoring of premises to ensure people comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) during the conditional MCO.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Corporate Communications officer Ahmad Iskandar Mohamad Mukhtar said MBPJ’s services would continue as usual, although its workforce at the office had been reduced to 30% as directed by the Federal and state governments.

“However, all our staff are on standby should they need to be in the office for urgent work matters during the conditional MCO, ” he added.

Similarly, Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) said it would adhere to the directive of having a maximum of 30% of its staff at the office, while ensuring its essential services operate at the required level.

These include counter services, its command centre, MBSJ’s Pantas Squad which assists in emergencies such as floods and fallen trees, enforcement team, Health Department and Environment Department.

“Besides carrying out its usual enforcement duties, MBSJ will assist the police with ensuring the SOP is followed during the conditional MCO, ” said MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.

“These include ensuring business premises comply with their respective business operation hours as well as record visitors’ contact details and temperature.

“We also have to work with the police to ensure the SOP are followed at public, morning and night markets, food courts and kiosks under MBSJ’s purview as well as monitor those using public and community parks.”

He added that it was not the council’s responsibility to monitor and ensure businesses were complying with the work-from-home directive.

Meanwhile, Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) issued notices that counter operation hours at all its offices would be reduced during the conditional MCO period.

The counters at Menara MPS in Bandar Baru Selayang are now open from 8.30am to 3.30pm on weekdays, instead of 8am to 5pm.

The counters at MPS branch offices in Rawang, Wangsa Permai and Taman Sri Gombak are now open from 8.30am to 1pm, instead of 8am to 4.30pm.

Counter transactions for MPS’ Licensing Department will be capped at 100 per day.

Prior appointments are required for matters involving other departments.

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