Firms allowed to operate must follow SOP

PETALING JAYA: Companies allowed to operate during the movement control order must ensure their operations fully comply with standard operating procedures, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Azmin said the government and the private sector must work together to control and break the chain of transmission.

Employers who fail to comply will be subject to legal action, including closure of premises.

He added the ministry, in collaboration with the relevant state authorities, will conduct periodic checks throughout the MCO on companies to ensure compliance with the SOP.


Azmin said five essential economic sectors – factories and manufacturing, construction, services, trade and distribution, along with plantation and commodities – must not be halted to ensure continuation of economic recovery.

“The six states under MCO are the main drivers of the country’s economic activities and major contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), totalling 66.3% of the total GDP.

“Selangor’s contribution to the GDP is at 24.2%, Federal Territories (16.9%), Johor (9.4%), Penang (6.7%), Sabah (6.0%, and Melaka (3.1%).

“This proactive action by the government will have a positive impact on the country’s economic growth, local and foreign investment flows as well as the sustainability of small and medium enterprises.

“Among the important considerations also taken into account by the government is the need to ensure the stability of the country’s export activities as Malaysia is one of the key players in the global supply chain ecosystem, ” said Azmin in a statement.

He also said Miti has informed the police and had prepared its system to assist companies which will operate to get their notification of registration to enable the movement of their employees to and from the workplaces during the MCO which starts today (Jan 13) until Jan 26.

“Miti has formulated a set of comprehensive, relevant and practical standard operating procedures, which will enable the smooth flow of operations and ensure effective implementation of the Business Continuity Plan, ” said Azmin.

The sectors of the economy in essential services that are allowed to operate during the MCO period can be downloaded from the Miti website at

“Companies that have registered with the Miti database, namely Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) through the link, do not need to reregister to operate during the MCO period. These companies are only required to download the notification of registration confirmation, beginning Jan 12 at 3pm.

“Manufacturing companies in essential services that have not registered with CIMS can do so at the link, ” said Azmin.

He added it was the responsibility of the employer to download the notification of registration confirmation in order to enable the movement of their employees during the MCO period.

“Employees of the company are required to bring along a copy of the notification provided by the employer together with the employee pass or employer confirmation letter.

“This is to facilitate the movement of commercial vehicles as well as the movement of workers between residence and workplace.

“Miti has informed the Royal Malaysia Police regarding this matter to facilitate movement during roadblock operations, ” said Azmin.

He also said that only 30% of the management group are allowed to be in the office and the number of support staff in the production line will be determined by employers.

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