STRICT IMPLEMENTATION AND COMPLIANCE OF STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOP) OF MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (MCO) BY EMPLOYERS FOR THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
Enclosed herewith the official circular letter from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in Malay dated 26 November 2020 for your kind attention.
The Government supports and appreciates the efforts of the industry across various sectors to help revive the country’s economy which is still facing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. MITI always strives to ensure that economic activities can run smoothly during the MCO period. This is based on the industry’s commitment to fully comply with the SOP including collaborating with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and relevant enforcement agencies.
In this regard, the Government is serious about the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases for clusters involving the industry, especially in the states of Selangor and Penang. As of 24 November 2020, MOH reported the number of active cases for clusters involving industry as follows:
- Teratai Cluster 4,063 cases (190 citizens and 3,846 non-citizens)
- Bayan Cluster 167 cases (89 citizens and 78 non-citizens)
- Intan Cluster 200 cases (118 citizens and 82 non-citizens)
- Assumption Cluster 19 cases (15 citizens and 4 non-citizens)
In this regard, the Government would like to remind and stress that the industry needs to take responsibility and pays serious attention in ensuring the welfare and health of workers are protected. The industry needs to comply with Section 24J, Employee’s Minimum Standard of Housing, Accommodation and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446) namely regarding duties and responsibilities related to the safety and health of employees. Companies must also comply with the SOPs set for their respective sectors and conduct periodic COVID-19 test screening of all employees at their own cost and initiative.
If the company is found to be in breach of the SOP or does not provide due cooperation to MOH, the Government will take action to close the premise and factory under Section 18(1)(d), Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
Members are encouraged to adhere to the directives made by the Government. MBAM would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you be safe and take care of your health.
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