PETALING JAYA: The first day of the work-from-home (WFH) directive on Thursday (Oct 22) saw quieter neighbourhoods and roads as most Malaysians adhered to the new ruling to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Traffic flow on the Federal Highway, which is usually congested, was reported to be smooth in the morning.
Office complexes in Petaling Jaya also appeared to be quiet as most employees are now working from home as the WFH directive only allows 10% of those in managerial and supervisory roles to work on-site.
On Wednesday (Oct 21), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the WFH directive from Thursday (Oct 22) until the end of the conditional movement control order only applied to government servants at the management and supervisory categories who need not be in office and industries registered under the International Trade and Industry Ministry.
It was also announced that 10% of senior staff from the administration, finance, legal and IT departments in a company were allowed to work on site from 10am to 2pm for a maximum of three days a week.
Workers staying in red zones but who need to work in the office are encouraged to undergo Covid-19 swab tests, with the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to bear the cost for its contributors.
The new WFH directive will involve 800,000 workers in various industries as well as close to 200,000 civil servants.
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