Embrace opening of business sectors but do not violate rules, says minister

PETALING JAYA: Embrace the opening up of more economic sectors but do not abuse the leeway given so that the Covid-19 pandemic can be controlled, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (pic).

In a statement welcoming the reopening of 17 more distribution trade sectors during the movement control order, Nanta said that the move took into account not only the needs of industry players but also consumers.

"On behalf of the ministry and the retail community, I thank the government and the National Security Council for announcing the re-opening of 17 trade distribution sectors beginning today (Feb 10).

"I am sure the industry players as well as the consumers will adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) to demostrate their support of government efforts to fight the pandemic and assist in economic recovery.

"I hope the approval to reopen these activities especially for dine-in is not abused and all businesses follow the SOPs and rulings put in place.

"The ministry will continue to monitor and will not hesitate to take strict action under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 on those businesses which fail to adhere to the SOPs," said Nanta.

He pointed out that up to Feb 7,357,489 business premises had been inspected by the ministry and 112 were issued with compounds under the Act.

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