Ten essential services must get new permission letter, MITI letter revoked as of June 1, says Domestic Trade Minister

PETALING JAYA: There are ten services listed as essential, including petrol stations, under the trade distribution sector that will be allowed to operate during the lockdown, says the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said, in a statement Monday (May 31), that all businesses dealing with these 10 services now have to get new approval from the Ministry to operate during the lockdown.

The earlier approval letter, which was issued by the International Trade and Industry Ministry for these businesses, will not be applicable as of June 1.

In the table issued by the Ministry, the minister stated that supermarkets, departmental stores, sundry shops, pharmacies, mini marts and those selling essential needs are allowed to operate with 100% worker capacity, with one person per 4 sq m.

“E-commerce, as well as wholesale and distribution centres for essential products, are also allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity.

“Restaurants, laundrettes, including self-service laundrettes, operate at 60% worker capacity, with at least one person to man the number of people in the premises.

“Other specialty retail stores such as petrol stations, pet stores (to sell pet needs), optical stores, hardware shops (no home-fixing services), vehicle repair and vehicle-parts businesses (without car wash) are also allowed to operate at 60% worker capacity, ” said Nanta Linggi in the statement.

He further said that the ministry will be in charge of all operations of all businesses and companies which deal with these 10 services during the current movement control order in place until June 14.

“All essential service sectors of the distribution trade sector are allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm, except for petrol stations which are allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm.

“Petrol stations on tolled highways are allowed to operate 24 hours.

“Throughout this MCO, the operating approval letter will be issued by KPDNHEP and the one issued earlier by MITI will be cancelled from June 1," Nanta said.

Applications for approval operations can be made through https://www.kpdnhep.gov.my beginning today (May 31).

For further information, contact the Ministry's secretariat at its hotline 03-8882 6322/ 6587 or email roa@kpdnhep.gov.my.

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