MITI FAQ On Business Ops Allowed During MCO

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MITI FAQ On Business Ops Allowed During MCO

When the Malaysian government announced that certain business operations will be allowed to restart during the MCO (Movement Control Order), there were a lot of uncertainties as MITI did not come up with the details.

To help businesses understand the requirements if they wish to restart business ops during the MCO, the Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) recently released answers to frequently asked questions on this topic.

MITI FAQ On Business Ops Allowed During MCO!


Business Ops Allowed During MCO : A Quick Primer

On 10 April 2020, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced that the Malaysia government would allow selected companies to restart business operations during the MCO.

This would help to reduce the economic damage from the MCO, but he stressed that “all parties are required to comply with the directives from the authorities” and that the government would not hesitate to withdraw the permission to operate if any company fails to adhere to the guidelines.

Business Ops Allowed During MCO : Full List + Requirements!

To help you find out whether your business is applicable, and what the requirements are, we compiled the information in this article.

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Business Operations Allowed During MCO (Appendix 1)

When the Movement Control Order (MCO) was announced, only these businesses providing these essential goods and services were allowed to continue operating :

A. Essential Goods

  1. Food and beverage items including imported items :
    – Rice
    – Sugar
    – Vegetable and animal oils and fats
    – Flour and All Grain Mill Products
    – Bread
    – Water
    – Dairy products – milk, infant formula
    – Condiments and Spices
    – Dry food
    – Coffee and tea
    – Canned food
    – Meat
    – Chicken
    – Animal feed
    – Processing of fruits and vegetable
  2. Agriculture and fisheries including imports
    – Fish and Seafood
    – Fruits
    – Vegetables
  3. Household products
    – Detergents
    – Disinfectants
    – Sanitisers
    – Personal care items
    – Toilet paper and tissue paper
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including Fire Safety Equipment and Medical Attire including face mask, rubber gloves
  5. Pharmaceutical – all chemicals and drugs production
  6. Packaging materials and printing including ink
  7. Medical and surgical devices
  8. Parts for medical devices eg. parts for ventilators.

B. Part Of Supply Chain Of Essential Goods

  1. Oil & Gas
  2. Petrochemicals
    – PTA & PET Resins
    – Polyester fibres & filaments
    – Polypropylene & polyethylene
    – ABS & MABS resins
    – Maleic Anhydride
    – PVC Paste resin
    – Expanded EPE
    – Impact modifiers & processing aids
    – Styrene Monomer
    – Styrene Butadiene Latex
    – Polystyrene
  3. Chemical and Chemical Products – Fertiliser and Pesticide
  4. Electrical & Electronics (E&E) including semiconductors


Additional Business Operations Allowed During MCO (Appendix 2)

The Ministry of International Trade And Industry (MITI) released this list of business operations that would be allowed to operate during the MCO.

  • Automotive Industry
    (limited to export of completely built units – CBUs, equipment and components, as well as after-sales services for example maintenance).
  • Machinery and equipment industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Construction projects and construction-related services
    (i) Projects where the main contractors are G1 – G2
    (ii) Projects that have achieved physical of 90% and above
    (iii) Tunneling works
    (iv) Maintenance works
    (v) Sloping work
    (vi) Emergency works that are consequent to contractual obligations
    (vii) Maintenance, cleaning and drying of stagnant water, spraying insecticides at construction sites to prevent breeding of Aedes mosquitoes and other pests
    (viii) Other works that if left incomplete may result in danger
    (ix) Building project with 70 IBS score and above
    (x) Construction projects with accommodation facilities for workers, such as centralised quarters for workers, or workers’ camp
    (xi) Professional services involved in the construction industry including architects, engineers, town planners, land surveyors, materials surveyors, project managers, facilities managers and other relevant services.
  • Scientific, professional and technical services including research and development (R&D)
    – limited to: legal services; oil and gas-related services; COVID19-related R&D activities; testing laboratories for authorized sectors only.
  • Social health services include registered traditional medicine and complementary medicine (TCM) practitioners.
  • Hardware store, electrical and electronics shops
  • Laundry services (only those offering full service and does not include self-service laundrettes)

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