Malaysia has recently imposed a Movement Control Order (MCO) that will last until 31 March 2020. This is being done in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has seen a huge spike in confirmed cases within the country over the past few weeks. The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) has stressed that only industries or factories that have received its approval are allowed to operate during this restricted period.

MITI released a list of frequently asked questions regarding the MCO which noted that factories producing essential products such as basic food items, agriculture products, household goods, and pharmaceutical products are allowed to continue with operations.

Apart from the industries mentioned above, factories involved in oil and gas, petrochemical, and electrical and electronics can also be given a waiver to operate.

Food delivery services and supermarkets have also been given leave to provide the essential goods for consumers to purchase, but their hours of operation have been limited. Restaurants and the like are not allowed to have diners eat at their establishments for the time being.

“Companies must apply for a special approval to continue operating their factories during the MCO by filling in a form that can be downloaded from www.miti.gov.my and submitting it to covid19sec@miti.gov.my. Approved companies will receive an approval letter from MITI to operate, subject to the conditions stated, ” the ministry said.

MITI said in a situation whereby factories need to continue operating their machinery and equipment for technical reasons, they can do so with minimal technical supervision.

So far, the companies that have already gained approval to operate during the MCO must continue to follow strict guidelines or face the cancellation of their approval status.

The main guidelines are pertaining to the health and safety measures that must be put in place for employees of these companies.

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