Saturday, June 12, 2021

'Full' Lockdown Extended to 28 June - Will it work if so many 'non-essential' businesses are given exemption to operate...even golf clubs?

Recently, heard that even golf clubs and courses got exemptions to operate during the strict MCO starting 1st June - Maybe the government can clarify?

Azmin Ali's Ministry of INTERNATIONAL Trade and Industry have been giving exemptions - WHY? Do we not have a Ministry of Domestic Trade? 

'Full' Lockdown will only work if the government is STRICT - no exemption to any other businesses save the most essential - health, food, garbage collections, petrol stations, ...

Why has the government still not come out with a paid COVID leave for workers - for those who are forced to quarantine themselves, for those living in EMCO areas, those who cannot work because workplaces close because of Covid, etc 

Full lockdown extended till June 28, says Ismail Sabri

The government is extending the movement-control order for another two weeks from June 15 to June 28, says Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 11, 2021.

PUTRAJAYA has extended the movement-control order (MCO 3.0) for another two weeks from June 15 to June 28, said Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the decision was made as the number of new Covid-19 cases is still more than 5,000 despite the country being in full lockdown for the past 10 days.

The extension follows recommendations by the Health Ministry at a meeting this morning chaired by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

“The standard operating procedure (SOP) remain the same and I hope there will be no more confusion,” said Ismail Sabri.

“For further information, the public can access the government’s website at,” he added.

The full lockdown was imposed for two weeks from June 1 as a measure to flatten the Covid-19 curve, following a sharp rise in the daily number of cases since early April.

No social activities are permitted and only a few essential economic activities can continue.

Restaurants, food stalls, laundry services (including self-service laundries), pet care and food stores, eyewear and optical goods stores, hardware stores, vehicle repair and spare part shops, e-commerce (all product categories) as well as wholesale and distribution (for essential products only) are allowed to operate.

During the lockdown period, 80% of government staff and 40% of private sector workers are to work from home.

Eighteen manufacturing and manufacturing-related sectors are allowed to operate during the lockdown, provided they have approval from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Malaysia reported 6,849 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, an increase of more than a thousand infections reported yesterday, said Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The health director-general said Selangor reported the greatest number of cases by states, as it recorded 2,558 infections as of noon today, followed by Kuala Lumpur (884) and Sarawak (699).

This would be the 50th consecutive day that Selangor has topped the cases among the states. – June 11, 2021.

Eighteen manufacturing, MRS sectors are allowed to operate during MCO -- MITI

30/05/2021 07:21 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 -- The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has announced 18 manufacturing and manufacturing-related services (MRS) sectors that are allowed to operate under the Movement Control Order (MCO) from June 1 to 14, 2021.

The ministry said it is, however, subject to the companies getting an approval letter from the ministry, which can be downloaded from the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0.

Thirteen of the sectors are allowed to operate at 60 per cent workforce capacity while the remaining five are permitted to operate with 10 per cent workforce.

"The manufacturing and MRS sectors are allowed to operate to ensure minimal disruption to the supply chain of critical parts, components and finished products.

“This is essential to support the continued operations of critical infrastructures and front-liners such as security, healthcare systems, information and communications, as well as ensure adequate supply of basic necessities for the rakyat,” MITI said in a statement today.

Effective 8pm today (May 30), manufacturing companies that have already registered with CIMS 3.0 are required to download the new MITI approval letter and where necessary, update their workers' list while for those that have yet to register, submission can be made starting 1pm on Monday (May 31).

"In addition, workers in the manufacturing and MRS sectors will be required to present MITI's approval letter, together with their company-issued letter of employment or staff identification card, to the enforcement authorities to enable their movement to and from their work premises. 

“Manufacturing and MRS sectors that are allowed to operate must ensure strict adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council (MKN) and MITI. Failure to comply with the SOPs is a serious offence and may result in fines and/or closure of premises,” it said.

To ensure effective compliance with the SOPs, the ministry said, comprehensive and stringent enforcement will be carried out by federal and state enforcement agencies.

The sectors allowed to operate at 60 per cent workforce capacity are aerospace including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); food and beverage; packaging and printing materials; personal care products and cleaning supplies; healthcare and medical care including dietary supplement; personal protective equipment (PPE) including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment; medical equipment components; electrical and electronics; oil and gas, including petrochemical and petrochemical products; chemical products; machinery and equipment; textiles for manufacturing of PPE only; and production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants.

Meanwhile, the five sectors allowed to operate with 10 per cent workforce are automotive (vehicles and components); iron and steel; cement; glass; and ceramics.

Details on how to register at CIMS 3.0 (via can be accessed through

-- BERNAMA, 30/5/2021

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