Trade distribution sector may operate during MCO thanks to high levels of SOP compliance, says minister

PUTRAJAYA: The trade distribution sector may operate as normal throughout the movement control order (MCO), said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

This involves 38 types of businesses in the retail, wholesale and distribution sectors.

Nanta said compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) among players in the sector had been high throughout the pandemic.

“The compliance rate among these businesses is at 98%. With data, facts and information, we are confident to allow them to operate during the MCO, ” he told reporters at an event here on Friday (May 7).

Nanta said the trade distribution sector will follow operation times set under the general SOP issued by the National Security Council (NSC).

The list of distributive trades can be found at the ministry’s website at

The government has announced the enforcement of MCO at several localities in Selangor, Johor, Terengganu, Perak and Kelantan as well as the whole of Kuala Lumpur in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Urging traders and businesses as well as consumers to comply with SOP, Nanta said violations will result in action including the issuing of compounds and closure of business premises.

He hoped the high level of compliance, as displayed during the previous MCO, will continue.

He said 520,028 premises or 98.36% of those checked were found to have complied with SOP.

"If compliance is not satisfactory, the ministry will not hesitate to take drastic action including suggesting to the NSC that the industry ceases operations throughout the MCO, ” he said.

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