Domestic Trade Ministry releases list of commercial entities under its purview allowed to operate during MCO

PETALING JAYA: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has released a list stating the commercial entities under its purview that are allowed to operate during the movement control order.

Its minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the list applies to Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan) which come under the MCO from Jan 13 to 26.

“To ensure continuity of the country’s economic growth, one of the five sectors that are allowed to operate is the retail and distribution sector, which is under the purview of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

“To ensure there will be no obstacles or movement restriction faced during the MCO, the companies who are involved in such retail and distribution businesses must obtain a notification letter confirming their registration.

“Companies who engage in such activities, which includes retail, wholesale and distribution services, can apply for the notification letter through the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) by the International Trade and Industry Ministry via the link,” he said in a statement.

He added that further queries can be directed to the Secretariat of Distribute Trade and Services Industry via its hotline 03-8882 5881 / 5903 or by email to

The list of commercial entities allowed to operate are:

Shopping complexes

Supermarkets / Hypermarkets

Department stores

Pharmacies and personal hygiene stores

Convenience stores / Mini-marts

Laundry services (excluding self-service launderettes)


Furniture stores

Jewellery stores

Electric and electronic stores

Book and stationery stores

Hardware stores

Pet food stores

Vehicle workshops for maintenance and replacement parts

Vehicle distribution and sales centres

Other specialty retail stores at gas stations

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