Covid-19: Supply of critical goods enough to meet demand, says FMM

Shoppers buy goods at a supermarket on the third day of the movement control order in Penang on March 20, 2020. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: There will be enough supply of critical goods for the rakyat during the movement control order (MCO) due to the strong partnership between the public and private sectors, says the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

FMM said it had been working closely with the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) to ensure that the supply of essential items would not be disrupted during the MCO.

FMM had been working with Miti to identify businesses producing essential goods that are allowed by the National Security Council (NSC) to continue operations.

"Subsequent to the approval of the list by NSC, Miti quickly swung into action with the establishment of the online system for companies to apply for approval to operate during the MCO period.

"It also activated its war room to process the applications on a 24-hour basis under the dedicated supervision of (minister) Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali himself," FMM said in a statement on Sunday (March 22).

The FMM secretariat and other Miti agencies were also roped in to assist the ministry to verify applications and handle enquiries, due to the "overwhelming number of applications".

"The number of applications has stabilised and approvals have been given for the production of critical essential goods such as food items, personal protective equipment such as facemasks, sanitisers, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment," it said.

FMM is also working with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and Transport Ministry on the matter.

"Due to the strong collaboration between the government and the private sector, FMM is highly confident that there will be ample and sufficient availability of basic and critical essential goods for the rakyat during the movement control order period," it said.

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