Saturday, April 04, 2020

Covid-19 New Regulations faulty for missed out offence of business operating? Azmin,Mohd Khairuddin, Ministers broke MCO laws?

A JOKE WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM MOVING AROUND ...'SOCIAL DISTANCING' ...WHEN SOME COMPANIES/BUSINESSES NOT PROVIDING 'ESSENTIAL SERVICES' ARE STILL OPERATING - Why are these Directors/Owners are not being arrested and charged in court? They should be sentenced to prison because what they do put so many workers(and their families) at risk of being infected by Covid-19, which can also kill people...

Companies not involved in providing essential services were required to shut down and not continue operations during the MCO(Movement Control Order) PERIOD. 

This was very clear in the first regulations[PU(A) 91/2020] that ended on 31/3/2020, and it was there in section 5 of the said regulations.[See old regulations[PU(A) 91/2020] in COVID-19 - The NEW laws that came into being - NOTHING MUST BE DONE AGAINST THE LAW? and new Regulations[P.U. (A) 109/2020] in The MCO Regulations (in English and Malay) that apply now - Read and know your rights? Can action be still taken against employers operating?

If a company/business not allowed by law to operate breaks the law, then the Company, and even all its Directors, Owners, ...'director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate' can all also be found GUILTY of breaking the law... but when this 'section 5'(or Regulation 5) is missing in the new Regulations[P.U. (A) 109/2020], was it done intentionally to protect BOSSES...? The sentence now can also be imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months....

5  Essential services
(1) Any premises providing essential services may be opened provided that the number of personnel and patron at the premises shall be kept to the minimum.
(2) Any premises not providing essential services may be opened provided that the owner or occupier of the premises obtains the prior written permission of the Director General and the Director General may impose any conditions as he thinks fit.
 
(3) Any premises involved in food supply chain or in selling food and beverages by way of drive-through, take away and delivery may be open subject to any conditions imposed by the Director General as he thinks fit.
YES, in the new The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations [P.U. (A) 109/2020], this section is not there meaning that now if company/business not providing essential services still operate, it may no longer be an offence? And, these companies. its Directors, etc cannot anymore be charged in Court?

HOPEFULLY, the government will immediately REMEDY this - please enact and make it a crime for companies not providing 'essential service' or that got an exemption of the DG of Health a crime. This is most needed for all workers concerned.

If the companies/business, that should not be operating carries on, it means workers will have to go to work - and if, workers do not turn up for work, they can be terminated...OR if they travel to work, they may be arrested and charged for violation of the MCO...Workers in a difficult position. 

WHERE IS THE LIST OF COMPANIES/BUSINESS ALLOWED TO OPERATE DURING THE MCO - THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR WORKERS TO BE ABLE TO CHECK...and not simply listen to employers who tell them to get back to work? Gazette the FULL list of companies/businesses allowed to continue to operate?

ANOTHER POSSIBLE REASON WHY 'Section 5' is missing from new regulations?  

Despite the clear LAW about which business that provide 'essential services' can continue to operate ...any other business can operate BUT only if they get PRIOR written exemption from the Director General of Health.  




Some Ministers/Ministries like the International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali have been 'exempting' certain companies and sectors, that may not be providing essential services, as listed in the regulations and orders applicable during MCO. Did they get the approval of the DG Health? If not, their actions may be against the current MCO applicable laws, and these Ministers too ought to be prosecuted and charged in court...Not doing so, and according 'special treatment' to these Ministers, Menteri Besars/ Chief Menisters, etc is just not right. Maybe, our Public Prosecutor will do the needful...

Another reason why that section 5 is not in the new Regulations, could be because that very clearly gave only the Director General of Health the power to EXEMPT companies not providing essential services to operate - did the PN government want to give that power to other Ministers like Azmin Ali[MITI] or the Minister Plantation[] or other Ministers or State Governments to give exemption...? An explanation by the Prime Minister and government is needed.

WHY ARE COMPANIES NOT PROVIDING LISTED 'ESSENTIAL SERVICES' OPERATING DURING MCO?Now, we hear that '...that in the Peninsula Malaysia timber industry alone there are 156 sawmills that have been exempted from the Movement Control Order (MCO), and a further 41 sawmills in Sarawak...' -Unions call for mandatory testing for all workers for exempted sites (BWI-MLC)

EVERY BUSINESS WANTS TO OPERATE AND EARN INCOME - BUT THE NEEDED ACTIONS TO CURB THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 ARE MAKING ALL OF THEM STAY AT HOME AND THEIR BUSINESSES SUFFER...

Hope that the Minister and Government will do the needed amendment to the new Regulations, and re-insert Section 5 that prevents businesses/companies from operating during MCO period, unless they provide 'essential services' or gets exemption from the DG of Health...



Some other relevant applicable laws, including the additional list of 'essential services'...


PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (MEASURES WITHIN INFECTED LOCAL AREAS) (NO. 2) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2020
PU(A) 112/2020 (In force from 3/4/2020) 



Preamble

IN exercise of the powers conferred by subsection 11(2) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342], the Minister makes the following regulations:


1  Citation and commencement


(1) These regulations may be cited as the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
(2) These Regulations come into operation on 3 April 2020.

2  Amendment of Schedule


The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations [P.U. (A) 109/2020] are amended in the Schedule by inserting after paragraph 9 the following paragraphs:
9A. Transportation by land, water or air

9B. Port, dock and airport services and undertakings, including stevedoring, lighterage, cargo handling, and pilotage, and storing or bulking of commodities

9C. Production, refining, storage, supply and distribution of fuel and lubricants

9D. Hotels and accommodations
9e. Any services or works determined by the Minister as important or critical to public health or safety”.
PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (COMPOUNDING OF OFFENCES) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) REGULATIONS 2020  - PU(A) 111/2020

Preamble
IN exercise of the powers conferred by section 31 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342], the Minister makes the following regulations:

1  Citation and commencement

(1) These regulations may be cited as the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Compounding of Offences) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020.
(2) These Regulations come into operation on 1 April 2020.

2  Amendment of First Schedule

The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Compounding of Offences) Regulations 1993 [P.U. (A) 327/1993] are amended in the First Schedule by inserting after paragraph 4 the following paragraph:

“5. All offences under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 [P.U. (A) 109/2020].”.
Note (My comments) - 

1- Compound - here the authority makes an offer to compound, and the 'wrongdoer' has a choice to accept and pay(or NOT) - if accept, no charging in court, if do not, one will be charged in court;

2- Previous Compoundable offences, and new one now in RED under Schedule 1 of  The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Compounding of Offences) Regulations 1993 [P.U. (A) 327/1993]



(Peraturan 2)
1. Subseksyen 10(2)
Pengamal perubatan tidak memberikan notis dalam borang ditetapkan di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Borang Notis) 1993 tentang wujudnya penyakit berjangkit.
2. Perenggan 22 (c)
Enggan memberi maklumat yang dikehendaki di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Borang Notis) 1993.
3. Perenggan 22 (d)
Memberi maklumat palsu di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Borang Notis) 1993.
4. Semua kesalahan di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Langkah-Langkah di dalam Kawasan Tempatan Jangkitan) 2020 [P.U. (A) 91/2020].


 

  4. I believe that Ministers or employers who breach the the MCO should not be compounded - for what they did puts at RISK so many workers and their families, and they should be charged in court. Those who went jogging, went out unnecessarily ...etc - they could be compounded maybe.



NEW LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES (as amended) may now be :-


ESSENTIAL SERVICES
1. Food
2. Water
3. Energy
4. Communication and internet
5. Security and defense
6. Solid waste and public cleansing management and sewerage
7. Healthcare and medical including dietary supplement
8. Banking and finance
9. E-commerce
9A. Transportation by land, water or air
9B. Port, dock and airport services and undertakings, including stevedoring, lighterage, cargo handling, and pilotage, and storing or bulking of commodities
9C. Production, refining, storage, supply and distribution of fuel and lubricants
9D. Hotels and accommodations
9e. Any services or works determined by the Minister as important or critical to public health or safety 10. Logistics confined to the provision of essential services


  

Unions call for mandatory testing for all workers for exempted sites (BWI-MLC)


* Why were these business even operating - Wood Industries are not a listed 'essential services' under the MCO. Apparently, they were granted exemption - by WHO? - only the DG of Health can grant such exemption during this Movement Control Order period. Was it some Minister or Ministry? Was it some State government? If it was not with a prior written prior written permission of the Director General of Health, they cannot carry on business. Those who gave invalid exemptions, including Ministers ought to be charged in court..


 

Media Release: Building and Wood Workers’ International Malaysian Liaison Council (BWI-MLC)*
Wednesday 1 April 2020


Unions call for mandatory testing for all workers for exempted sites

The BWI Malaysia Liaison Council (BWI-MLC)* is calling for mandatory coronavirus testing for workers on all worksites where operations are continuing amidst the pandemic.

The BWI-MLC has learnt that in the Peninsula Malaysia timber industry alone there are 156 sawmills that have been exempted from the Movement Control Order (MCO), and a further 41 sawmills in Sarawak.

“We’re in close communication with workers at many mills and they’re very scared for their safety, but if they don’t work they will have no income”, said BWI-MLC spokesperson Azlan bin Yaacob.

“Right now they’re feeling like it’s either covid or starvation that will get them.”

“Our understanding is that these exemptions were granted to ensure that machinery was not damaged by being shut down, which should only require a handful of staff”, continued Yaacob. “However we’re receiving reports that many factories almost the entire number of migrant workers are still working. Many workers have not had additional safety materials provided, and social distancing is difficult in this work environment.”

Yaacob said that the capacity for covid to spread amongst workers’ accommodation was a matter of huge concern.

“We want to immediately see mandatory testing for all workers working on sites exempted from the MCO on a regular basis to ensure that workers are safe, and the industry doesn’t become a vector for disease.”

“Workers must also be able to refuse the right to do work they believe dangerous, and it’s imperative that financial assistance is available for those unable or uncomfortable to work on any given day”.

- Ends



For further information contact:

Azlan Bin Yaacob on (+60) 19 370 4886
BWI-MLC spokesperson and General Secretary of the Timber Employees Union of Peninsula Malaysia
The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) is the global union for workers in the building and construction, wood and forestry, building materials and allied sectors, which represents 12 million workers in 352 unions across 140 countries. In Malaysia the BWI has nine trade union affiliates, known collectively as the BWI Malaysian Liaison Council (BWI-MLC).

Friday, April 03, 2020

The MCO Regulations (in English and Malay) that apply now - Read and know your rights? Can action be still taken against employers operating?

What are the NEW laws  applicable now? What is an offence and what is not? Below, the new REGULATIONS - there are some changes compared with the earlier Regulations(which expired on 31/3/2020)

For a look at the earlier Regulations and Order - go to COVID-19 > The NEW laws that came into being - NOTHING MUST BE DONE AGAINST THE LAW?


CONCERN about NEW Regulations - There is concern about the absence of the following, which was present in the old regulations but NOT in the new regulations. Will that effect the right to take criminal action against employers/businesses and companies continuing to operate? This is ODD - as now, business and/or companies not clearly prohibited from operating. No longer also permission to be allowed to operate if EXEMPTED by the DG of Health...??More later

 5  Essential services

(1) Any premises providing essential services may be opened provided that the number of personnel and patron at the premises shall be kept to the minimum.
(2) Any premises not providing essential services may be opened provided that the owner or occupier of the premises obtains the prior written permission of the Director General and the Director General may impose any conditions as he thinks fit.
(3) Any premises involved in food supply chain or in selling food and beverages by way of drive-through, take away and delivery may be open subject to any conditions imposed by the Director General as he thinks fit.



PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (MEASURES WITHIN INFECTED LOCAL AREAS) (NO. 2) REGULATIONS 2020

PU(A) 109/2020


Preamble

IN exercise of the powers conferred by subsection 11(2) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342], the Minister makes the following regulations:

 1  Citation and commencement
 
(1) These regulations may be cited as the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations 2020.
(2) These Regulations have effect for the period from 1 April 2020 to 14 April 2020.

 2  Interpretation


In these Regulations—
"infected local area" means any area declared to be an infected local area under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020 [P.U. (A) 87/2020];
"essential services" means the services as specified in the Schedule and includes any activity and process in the supply chain of such essential services.
3  Control of movement

(1) No person shall move from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area except for the purposes under subregulation (2).
(2) A person may move from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area for the following purposes:
(a) to purchase food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplement;
(b) to supply or deliver food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplement;
(c) to seek healthcare or medical services;
(d) to perform any official duty; or
(e) to perform any duty in relation to any essential services.
(3) Subregulation (2) shall not apply if a direction is made under paragraph 11(3)(b) of the Act.

 4  Conditions for movement


(1) Where a person moves from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area—
(a) to purchase food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplement, his movement shall only be, to a place within a radius of not more than ten kilometres from his residence, or to a place nearest to his residence, and he shall not be accompanied by any other person, unless it is reasonably necessary for him to be accompanied by any other person;
(b) to seek healthcare or medical services, his movement shall only be, to a place within a radius of not more than ten kilometres from his residence, or to a place nearest to his residence, and he may be accompanied by any other person as may be reasonably necessary;
(c) to perform any official duty, he shall produce an authorization letter from his employer if required by an authorized officer;
(d) to perform his duty in relation to any essential services, he shall produce an authorization letter from his employer if required by an authorized officer.
(2) For the purpose of controlling the movement of persons purchasing food, the owner or operator of, or person responsible for, a business of selling food shall carry out business only by way of drive-through, take away or delivery subject to any direction as may be issued by the Director General.

5  Movement due to special and particular reason


Where, due to a special and particular reason, a person needs to move from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area, that person shall obtain prior written permission of the police officer in charge of the police station nearest to the residence of such person.

6  Control of gathering


(1) No person shall gather or be involved in any gathering in any premises within any infected local area whether for religious, sports, recreational, social or cultural purpose.
(2) Notwithstanding subregulation (1), a person may gather or be involved in a gathering for the purposes of a funeral ceremony on the condition that the attendance to such ceremony shall be kept to the minimum.

7  Movement to carry out works on infrastructure


(1) Any movement from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area may be made by any person to carry out any works on any infrastructure related to any essential services which if not carried out would affect the provision of the essential services.
(2) Any movement from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area may be made by any person to carry out any works on any infrastructure which if not carried out would affect the safety and the stability of the infrastructure.
(3) Where a person moves from one place to another place within any infected local area or from one infected local area to another infected local area to carry out the works referred to in subregulation (1) or (2), he shall provide the necessary proof if requested by an authorized officer.

8  Requirement to undergo health examination upon arrival in Malaysia


A citizen, a permanent resident of Malaysia or an expatriate returning from overseas shall undergo health examination upon arrival in Malaysia before proceeding for immigration clearance at any point of entry and shall comply with any direction of an authorized officer.

 9  Request for information

 Where an authorized officer requests for any information relating to the prevention and control of infectious disease from any person or body of persons, the person or body of persons shall comply with the request.

 10  Direction of Director General

Director General may issue any direction in any manner, whether generally or specifically, to any person or group of persons to take such measures for the purpose of preventing and controlling any infectious diseases within any infected local area.

 11  Offence


(1) Any person who contravenes any provision of these Regulations or any direction of the Director General or an authorized officer commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.
(2) Where any person who commits an offence under these Regulations is a company, limited liability partnership, firm, society or other body of persons, a person who at the time of the commission of the offence was a director, compliance officer, partner, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the company, limited liability partnership, firm, society or other body of persons or was purporting to act in the capacity or was in any manner or to any extent responsible for the management of any of the affairs of the company, limited liability partnership, firm, society or other body of persons or was assisting in its management—
(a) may be charged severally or jointly in the same proceedings with the company, limited liability partnership, firm, society or the body of persons; and
(b) if the company, limited liability partnership, firm, society or the body of persons is found guilty of the offence, shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to the same punishment or penalty as an individual unless, having regard to the nature of his functions in that capacity and to all circumstances, he proves—
(i) that the offence was committed without his knowledge; and
(ii) that the offence was committed without his consent or connivance and that he had taken all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence to prevent the commission of the offence.

SCHEDULE


[Regulation 2]











ESSENTIAL SERVICES
1. Food
2. Water
3. Energy
4. Communication and internet
5. Security and defence
6. Solid waste and public cleansing management and sewerage
7. Healthcare and medical including dietary supplement
8. Banking and finance
9. E-commerce
10. Logistics confined to the provision of essential services
   


 

 
 




PERATURAN-PERATURAN PENCEGAHAN DAN PENGAWALAN PENYAKIT BERJANGKIT (LANGKAH-LANGKAH DI DALAM KAWASAN TEMPATAN JANGKITAN) (NO. 2) 2020
PU(A) 109/2020

1  Nama dan permulaan kuat kuasa


(1) Peraturan-peraturan ini bolehlah dinamakan Peraturan-Peraturan Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Langkah-Langkah di dalam Kawasan Tempatan Jangkitan) (No. 2) 2020.
(2) Peraturan-Peraturan ini berkuat kuasa bagi tempoh mulai 1 April 2020 hingga 14 April 2020.

2  Tafsiran


Dalam Peraturan-Peraturan ini-
"kawasan tempatan jangkitan" ertinya mana-mana kawasan yang diisytiharkan sebagai kawasan tempatan jangkitan di bawah Perintah Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit (Pengisytiharan Kawasan Tempatan Jangkitan) 2020 [P.U. (A) 87/2020];
"perkhidmatan perlu" ertinya perkhidmatan sebagaimana yang dinyatakan dalam Jadual dan termasuklah apa-apa aktiviti dan proses dalam rantaian pembekalan perkhidmatan perlu itu.

3  Kawalan pergerakan



1) Tiada seorang pun boleh bergerak dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain kecuali bagi maksud di bawah subperaturan (2).
(2) Seseorang boleh bergerak dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain bagi maksud yang berikut:
(a) untuk membeli makanan, keperluan harian, ubat atau penokok diet;
(b) untuk membekalkan atau menghantar makanan, keperluan harian, ubat atau penokok diet;
(c) untuk mendapatkan perkhidmatan jagaan kesihatan atau perubatan;
(d) untuk melaksanakan apa-apa tugas rasmi; atau
(e) untuk melaksanakan apa-apa tugas berhubung dengan apa-apa perkhidmatan perlu.
(3) Subperaturan (2) tidak terpakai jika suatu arahan dibuat di bawah perenggan 11(3)(b) Akta.

4  Syarat-syarat bagi pergerakan


(1) Jika seseorang bergerak dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain-
(a) untuk membeli makanan, keperluan harian, ubat atau penokok diet, pergerakannya hendaklah hanya, ke suatu tempat di dalam radius yang tidak melebihi sepuluh kilometer dari kediamannya, atau ke suatu tempat yang paling hampir dengan kediamannya, dan dia tidak boleh disertai mana-mana orang lain, melainkan jika adalah semunasabahnya perlu baginya untuk disertai mana-mana orang lain;
(b) untuk mendapatkan perkhidmatan jagaan kesihatan atau perubatan, pergerakannya hendaklah hanya, ke suatu tempat di dalam radius yang tidak melebihi sepuluh kilometer dari kediamannya, atau ke suatu tempat yang paling hampir dengan kediamannya, dan dia boleh disertai mana-mana orang lain yang semunasabahnya perlu;
(c) untuk melaksanakan apa-apa tugas rasmi, dia hendaklah mengemukakan surat kebenaran daripada majikannya jika dikehendaki oleh seseorang pegawai diberi kuasa;
(d) untuk melaksanakan tugasnya berhubung dengan apa-apa perkhidmatan perlu, dia hendaklah mengemukakan surat kebenaran daripada majikannya jika dikehendaki oleh seseorang pegawai diberi kuasa.
(2) Bagi maksud mengawal pergerakan orang yang membeli makanan, pemunya atau pengendali, atau orang yang bertanggungjawab bagi, suatu perniagaan menjual makanan hendaklah menjalankan perniagaan hanya secara pandu lalu, bawa pulang atau penghantaran tertakluk kepada apa-apa arahan yang dikeluarkan oleh Ketua Pengarah.

5  Pergerakan kerana sebab khas dan tertentu


Jika, kerana sebab khas dan tertentu, seseorang perlu bergerak dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain, orang itu hendaklah mendapatkan kebenaran bertulis terlebih dahulu daripada pegawai polis yang menjaga balai polis yang paling hampir dengan kediaman orang itu.

6  Kawalan perhimpunan


(1) Tiada seorang pun boleh berhimpun atau terlibat dalam mana-mana perhimpunan di dalam mana-mana premis di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan sama ada bagi maksud keagamaan, sukan, rekreasi, sosial atau kebudayaan.
(2) Walau apa pun subperaturan (1), seseorang boleh berhimpun atau terlibat dalam suatu perhimpunan bagi maksud upacara pengebumian dengan syarat orang yang hadir ke upacara itu hendaklah dalam bilangan yang minimum.


7  Pergerakan untuk menjalankan kerja ke atas infrastruktur


(1) Apa-apa pergerakan dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain boleh dibuat oleh mana-mana orang untuk menjalankan apa-apa kerja ke atas mana-mana infrastruktur yang berkaitan dengan mana-mana perkhidmatan perlu yang jika tidak dijalankan akan menjejaskan penyampaian perkhidmatan perlu itu.
(2) Apa-apa pergerakan dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain boleh dibuat oleh mana-mana orang untuk menjalankan apa-apa kerja ke atas mana-mana infrastruktur yang jika tidak dijalankan akan menjejaskan keselamatan dan kestabilan infrastruktur itu.
(3) Jika seseorang bergerak dari satu tempat ke suatu tempat yang lain di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan atau dari satu kawasan tempatan jangkitan ke suatu kawasan tempatan jangkitan yang lain untuk menjalankan kerja yang disebut dalam subperaturan (1) atau (2), dia hendaklah memberikan bukti yang perlu jika dikehendaki oleh seseorang pegawai diberi kuasa.

8  Kehendak untuk menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan apabila tiba di Malaysia

Seseorang warganegara, pemastautin tetap Malaysia atau ekspatriat yang pulang dari luar negara hendaklah menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan apabila tiba di Malaysia sebelum mendapatkan pelepasan imigresen di mana-mana pintu masuk dan hendaklah mematuhi apa-apa arahan seseorang pegawai diberi kuasa.

9  Permintaan maklumat


Jika seseorang pegawai diberi kuasa meminta apa-apa maklumat yang berhubungan dengan pencegahan dan pengawalan penyakit berjangkit daripada mana-mana orang atau kumpulan orang, orang atau kumpulan orang itu hendaklah mematuhi permintaan itu.

10  Arahan Ketua Pengarah

Ketua Pengarah boleh mengeluarkan apa-apa arahan mengikut apa-apa cara, sama ada secara am atau khusus, kepada mana-mana orang atau kumpulan orang supaya mengambil apa-apa langkah bagi maksud mencegah dan mengawal apa-apa penyakit berjangkit di dalam mana-mana kawasan tempatan jangkitan.

11  Kesalahan


(1) Mana-mana orang yang melanggar mana-mana peruntukan Peraturan-Peraturan ini atau mana-mana arahan Ketua Pengarah atau seseorang pegawai diberi kuasa melakukan suatu kesalahan dan boleh, apabila disabitkan, didenda tidak melebihi satu ribu ringgit atau dipenjarakan selama tempoh tidak melebihi enam bulan atau kedua-duanya.
(2) Jika mana-mana orang yang melakukan suatu kesalahan di bawah Peraturan-Peraturan ini ialah suatu syarikat, perkongsian liabiliti terhad, firma, pertubuhan atau kumpulan orang yang lain, seseorang yang pada masa pelakuan kesalahan itu ialah seorang pengarah, pegawai pematuhan, pekongsi, pengurus, setiausaha atau pegawai lain yang seumpamanya bagi syarikat, perkongsian liabiliti terhad, firma, pertubuhan atau kumpulan orang yang lain itu atau yang berupa sebagai bertindak atas sifat itu atau yang dengan apa-apa cara atau sehingga apa-apa takat bertanggungjawab bagi pengurusan apa-apa hal ehwal syarikat, perkongsian liabiliti terhad, firma, pertubuhan atau kumpulan orang yang lain itu atau membantu dalam pengurusannya-
(a) boleh dipertuduh secara berasingan atau bersesama dalam prosiding yang sama bersekali dengan syarikat, perkongsian liabiliti terhad, firma, pertubuhan atau kumpulan orang yang lain itu; dan
(b) jika syarikat, perkongsian liabiliti terhad, firma, pertubuhan atau kumpulan orang yang lain itu didapati bersalah atas kesalahan itu, hendaklah disifatkan bersalah atas kesalahan itu dan boleh dikenakan hukuman atau penalti yang sama sebagaimana seorang individu melainkan jika, dengan mengambil kira jenis fungsinya atas sifat itu dan segala hal keadaan, dia membuktikan-
(i) bahawa kesalahan itu telah dilakukan tanpa pengetahuannya; dan
(ii) bahawa kesalahan itu telah dilakukan tanpa persetujuan atau pembiarannya dan bahawa dia telah mengambil segala langkah yang munasabah dan menjalankan segala usaha yang wajar untuk menghalang pelakuan kesalahan itu.
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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Groups call for Covid-19 to be declared an occupational disease to better protect workers (Star)


 
Groups call for Covid-19 to be declared an occupational disease to better protect workers
Nation

Thursday, 02 Apr 2020 8:19 PM MYT

PETALING JAYA: A group of 51 organisations and trade unions have called on the Malaysian Government to declare Covid-19 an occupational disease under the law to ensure social protection for all workers and their families.

They said that by doing so, workers who are infected by Covid-19 at their workplace, even during this period, will become entitled to social protection accorded by social security schemes and laws.

“Employers have a duty in law to ensure a safe working environment, and will also now be required to ensure that the workplace is safe from Covid-19 and/or any other dangerous communicable diseases, especially those can result in death or other permanent disabilities, ” the group said in a joint statement on Thursday (April 2).

These groups included the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), North-South Initiative (NSI), National Union of Banking Employees (NUBE), the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) and the Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM).


They added that all ailments, not just Covid-19, which can cause death or other disabilities that may impact these workers' future employment and income, ought to be specifically classified as occupational diseases, and workers should be accorded all benefits under social protection laws.

“These laws should apply to all workers, including migrant workers and domestic workers.

“In Malaysia, local workers are generally covered by the Employees Social Security Act 1969, which provides better protection to workers and/or their families compared to the Workmen’s Compensation Act 1952 that generally covered migrant workers. There must be equal protection for all workers, even domestic workers, ” they said.

They said that the Human Resource Minister can use the powers conferred by subsection 32(2) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514), and declare that Covid-19 be recognised as an occupational disease. - Star, 2/4/2020
 
 

Make Covid-19 an occupational disease under law for social protection — 51 groups(Malay Mail)

Make Covid-19 an occupational disease under law for social protection — 51 groups

APRIL 2 — We, the 51 undersigned groups, organisations and trade unions, in response to the advent of Covid-19, an infectious disease that can easily be transmitted to other human persons, including workers, urge that the Malaysian government immediately recognise and make Covid-19 an occupational disease.

By so doing, workers who are infected by Covid-19 at their workplace, even during this period, will become entitled to social protection accorded by social security schemes and laws.

For those who die, by reason of getting infected by Covid-19 at the workplace, will also be easily entitled to compensations, and their spouses/children/elderly parents will also become entitled to survivor benefits including pensions.

Employers have a duty in law to ensure a safe working environment, and will also now be required to ensure that the workplace is safe from Covid-19 and/or any other dangerous communicable diseases, especially those can result in death or other permanent disabilities.

With the movement control order in place, which still requires workplaces that provide for essential services to operate, workers traveling to and from work, and at these workplace are everyday at risk of being infected by the Covid-19 virus, which to date has also resulted in many deaths worldwide, and as such workers need protection, and this can be done by specifically classifying Covid-19 as an occupational disease.

Now, recently even workers in charge of human resources, are required to travel and return to their workplaces for the purposes of arranging the monthly payment of salaries to workers.

Workers who are also needed (or forced) to stay in particular accommodation by employers, should also be covered. This also ought to be considered an “occupational disease,” and be accorded all the needed social protection.

While the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the inadequacies in occupational safety and health laws, and also social security laws for workers, it is time to remedy these failings.

One must note, that in the past, there has also been allegations of some workers forced to house together or work together has ended up contracting life threatening ailments like tuberculosis from other workers they are made to stay and/or work with.

All such ailments, not just Covid-19, which can cause death or other disabilities that may impact these workers future employment and income, ought to be specifically classified as occupational diseases, and workers should be accorded all benefits under social protection laws.

These laws should apply to all workers, including migrant workers and domestic workers.

In Malaysia, local workers are generally covered by the Employees' Social Security Act 1969, which provides better protection to workers and/or their families compared to the Workmen’s Compensation Act 1952 that generally covered migrant workers. There must be equal protection for all workers, even domestic workers.

For now, The Human Resource Minister, can use the powers conferred by subsection 32(2) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 [Act 514], and declares that Covid-19 be recognised as an occupational diseases. Other changes and/or amendments to law to ensure equal protection to all workers may require Parliament.

Therefore, we
  • Call on Malaysia to immediately make Covid-19 an occupational disease, especially if it is contracted at the workplace, on journey to and from work, and in worker accommodations provided by the employer;
  • Call on Malaysia to amend all relevant worker social security law, to ensure appropriate just remedy to workers, their families and/or dependents especially in the event of death, or disability impacting future capacity to work and/or earn an income;
  • Call on Malaysia to ensure that employers are legally bound to provide a safe working environment, including safety from infection from human to human contact at the workplace for diseases like Covid-19;
  • Call on Malaysia and all employers to ensure that occupational safety and health of all workers are always prioritised and protected.
* Charles Hector and Apolinar Tolentino for and on behalf of the following 51 groups:

WH4C (Workers Hub For Change)
Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC)
Clean Clothes Campaign Network (CCC)
Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) Asia Pacific Region
Labour Behind the Label, United Kingdom
Odhikar, Bangladesh
National Union of Transport Equipment & Allied Industries Workers (NUTEAW), Malaysia
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
Timber Industry Employee Union Sarawak (TIEUS)
MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)
North South Initiative (NSI)
Kesatuan Sekerja Industri Elektronik Wilayah Selatan, Semenanjung Malaysia (KSIEWSSM)
Sarawak Banking Employees Union
MTUC Sarawak (Malaysian Trade Union Congress — Sarawak)
Malayan Technical Services Union
Timber Employees Union of Peninsula Malaysia
Malay Forest Officers Union
PKNS Union
Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union
National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM)
Legal Action for Women, United Kingdom
Global Womens Strike, United Kingdom
Malaysian Automotive Industry Workers Union Federation
Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
National Union of Banking Employees(NUBE)
Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, United Kingdom
Association of Human Rights and Defenders and Promoters — HRDP (Myanmar)
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (Masum), India
MARUAH, Singapore
IMA Research Foundation, Bangladesh
Legal Awareness Watch (LAW), Pakistan
Asociacion de Trabajadoras del Hogar a Domicilio y de Maquila–Atrahdom, Guatemala
Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity (Pacti), India
Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO), Pakistan
Onward Consulting, Malaysia
Women of Colour Global Women Strike, United Kingdom
Payday, United Kingdom
Women Against Rape (UK)
Bangladesh Group Netherlands
International Black Women for Wages for Housework
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, UK
Asosasyon ng mga Makabayang Manggagawang Pilipino Overseas in Malaysia (AMMPO-Sentro)
European Rohingya Council
WinVisible (women with visible & invisible disabilities)
Campaign Abiti Puliti (Italian CCC)
Collectif Ethique sur l'étiquette (France)
Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM)
Gender Alliance for Development Center, Albania
Sudwind, Austria
Radanar Ayar Association, Myanmar

- Malay Mail, 2/4/2020

- See earlier relevant posts

 Workers groups call for law defining Covid-19 as occupational disease(Malaysiakini)
 
NGO, kesatuan sekerja gesa Covid-19 ditakrif penyakit pekerjaan(Malaysiakini)

**See full Joint Statement of now 51 groups at Make COVID-19 an Occupational Disease under Law to ensure social protection for all workers and their families (51 Groups)

NGO, kesatuan sekerja gesa Covid-19 ditakrif penyakit pekerjaan(Malaysiakini)

NGO, kesatuan sekerja gesa Covid-19 ditakrif penyakit pekerjaan

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Dikemaskini Hari ini 1:45 pm
 
Sejumlah 47 kumpulan aktivis dan kesatuan sekerja menggesa kerajaan mengisytiharkan wabak Covid-19 sebagai penyakit pekerjaan - iaitu penyakit yang disebabkan pekerjaan atau diperolehi di tempat kerja - di bawah undang-undang.

Mereka berkata ia agar pekerja yang dijangkiti Covid-19 di tempat kerja mereka, malah ketika tempoh penularannya, akan mendapat perlindungan sosial yang diperuntukkan skim keselamatan sosial dan undang-undang.

"Mereka yang meninggal dunia akibat mendapat Covid-19 di tempat kerja akan berhak ke atas pampasan, dan pasangan, anak atau ibu bapa mereka yang telah berusia juga berhak mendapat manfaat (waris) termasuk pencen," kata mereka.

Kenyataan itu ditandatangani oleh Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC), Kesatuan Kebangsaan Anak-anak Kapal Kabin Malaysia (Nufam) dan Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-Pekerja Bank (NUBE).

Ia juga ditandantangani antara lain oleh Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower), Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-Pekerja Perusahaan Alat-Alat Pengangkutan Dan Sekutu, Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Industri Perkayuan Sarawak, Kesatuan Pegawai-Pegawai Hutan Melayu Semenanjung Malaysia dan Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor.

Mereka berkata, majikan mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk memastikan persekitaran kerja yang selamat, dan ia termasuklah daripada wabak Covid-19 dan penyakit berjangkit yang lain, terutama yang boleh menyebabkan kematian atau kecacatan kekal.

Mereka menyeru Menteri Sumber Manusia M Saravanan untuk menggunakan kuasa yang diperuntukkan mengikut Sebseksyen 32(2) Akta Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan 1994 dan mengisytiharkan Covid-19 sebagai penyakit pekerjaan.

Menurut mereka, walaupun dengan penguatkuasaan perintah kawalan pergerakan, pekerja dalam sektor perkhidmatan penting masih terdedah dengan risiko jangkitan.

"Pada masa ini pekerja Sumber Manusia juga perlu ke tempat kerja untuk mengaturkan gaji bulanan pekerja.

"Pekerja yang perlu tinggal di kediaman tertentu yang disediakan majikan, juga perlu dilindungi.
"Pandemik Covid-19 menunjukkan kekurangan dalam undang-undang kesihatan dan keselamatan pekerjaan, dan juga undang-undang keselamatan sosial untuk pekerja. Ini masanya untuk memperbaiki keadaan," kata mereka.

Pada masa lalu, dakwa mereka, pekerja terpaksa tinggal di tempat sama dan bekerja bersama, dan ia mengakibatkan ada yang mendapat penyakit bahaya seperti batuk kering.

Mereka juga menggesa undang-undang itu terpakai kepada semua, termasuk pekerja asing dan pembantu rumah.

Di Malaysia, pekerja tempatan secara umumnya tertakluk di bawah Akta Keselamatan Sosial Pekerja 1969, yang memberikan perlindungan lebih baik berbanding pekerja asing yang tertakluk di bawah Akta Pampasan Pekerja 1952.
Setakat ini, sejumlah 2,908 kes Covid-19 di Malaysia dengan 45 kematian.

Di seluruh dunia pula, lebih 47,000 orang telah terkorban akibat wabak itu.

Dapatkan maklumat terkini dan perincian berkenaan penularan Covid-19 di Malaysia di laman penjejak ini.
- Malaysiakini, 2/4/2020

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Workers groups call for law defining Covid-19 as occupational disease(Malaysiakini)