NST News: Businesses from selected sectors can apply to resume operations from tomorrow

12/4/2020: Starting 9am tomorrow, companies from selected sectors allowed to resume operations during the Movement Control Order (MCO) can start applying for approval to operate.

The application can be made via the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) website at www.miti.gov.my.

“The application for companies will be fully digital. There is no need to upload any documents, but we would advise you to be prepared with these information beforehand, especially staff details,” the ministry said in a Facebook post today.

Companies are required to prepare the following detailed information for their applications to be processed:

1. Company registration details including Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM); priorities license number and local authorities license number.

2. Company’s correspondence and operations address. For the operations address, companies are allowed to list up to 10 locations.

3. Company’s estimated revenue for the year 2017, 2018 and 2019.

4. Company’s total number of permanent employees, including details of each employee – name, identification card (IC) number, contact number, other identification details and nature or scope of work in the company.

On Friday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government has agreed to allow businesses in selected sectors to resume operations in stages during the MCO period, which has been extended for another two weeks until April 28.

The premier said the selected businesses, however, would only be allowed to operate under strict movement control and healthcare guidelines.

Later, on the same day, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali in a statement said among the services allowed to operate were hair cut service (hair cut only), launderettes (not self-service laundromats), hardware stores, electrical and electronics stores and optical shops.

Also allowed were social health services including registered traditional medicine practitioners, science, professional and technical services including research and development (limited to legal services; oil and gas; Covid-19 related, and testing laboratories).

Others allowed to operate include those in the automotive industry (limited to export of fully pre-installed units – CBUs, equipment and components, as well as after-sales services for example maintenance), machinery and equipment industry, aerospace industry, and construction projects and construction related services

Mohamed Azmin, who is also MITI minister, said the move was necessary to ensure the sustainability of the country’s economy post Covid-19, to prevent the loss of jobs among Malaysians and to ensure that the rakyat continues to have access to basic needs and critical products throughout the MCO period.

News Source: New Straits Times

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