Law to ease impact of Covid-19 to be gazetted today


Helping the people: The Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Act 2020 will be enforced for two years to benefit individuals and companies affected by the pandemic.

PETALING JAYA: The law that was passed in Parliament to relieve the impact of Covid-19 will be gazetted today, after which it will be in effect for two years.

Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the move to gazette the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Act 2020 followed the consent of 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 is gazetted, ” said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in a statement yesterday.

He also noted that under the Act, contractual obligation disputes can be settled in an amicable manner without involving legal processes in court but through the Covid-19 Mediation Centre that is set up under the Prime Minister’s Department.

The mediation service is open to everyone with disputes involving 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 enterprises.

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

Takiyuddin said the Federal Government had always been committed to and concerned with efforts to reduce the impact of Covid-19 not just from the health but also the economic aspect for individuals and companies.

“The implementation (of the Act) as a whole will benefit every individual and company affected in terms of economy due to the Covid-19 spread, ” he added in the statement.

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

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

Developers must also exclude March 18 to Aug 31 from the calculation of the defect liability period and the period for developers to carry out works to repair or make good of other defects in houses which have been purchased.

Also no warrant of distress can be taken against tenants who have been in arrears of rent from March 18 to Aug 31.

Owners of goods will not be able to repossess goods under a hire-purchase agreement as noted in Section 16 of the Hire-Purchase Act 1967 for any default instalment for the period of April 1 to Sept 30 this year.

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