Covid-19 Act to be gazetted on Friday (Oct 23)


PETALING JAYA: The Temporary Measures For Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Act 2020 will be gazetted on Friday (Oct 23), says Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the Act was scheduled to be gazetted after receiving consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in line with Article 66 of the Federal Constitution.

The Act will be enforced for two years from the date it has been gazetted.

"The Federal Government has always been committed and concerned over efforts to reduce the impact of Covid-19, not just from the health aspect but also from the economic aspects for individuals and companies in the country.

"The implementation as a whole will provide benefit to every individual and company affected in terms of economy due to the Covid-19 spread.

"At the same time, contractual obligation disputes can also be settled in an amicable manner without involving legal processes in court, but instead can be done through the Covid-19 Mediation Centre set up under the Prime Minister's Department," said Takiyuddin in a statement on Thursday (Oct 22).

He said this mediation service would open to everyone with disputes involving less than RM300,000 and below.

He added that the government would also bear the mediation service cost for those in the B40 and M40 categories, as well as those in the small and micro enterprise group.

Queries on the mediation centre can be sent to pertanyaan@pmc19.gov.my.

The Act was first passed in the Dewan Rakyat on Aug 25 and Sept 22 in the Dewan Negara.

Among others, the Act will prevent developers from imposing late payment charges on unpaid property instalments by purchasers should they have defaulted payments from March 18 to Aug 31 this year.

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