KUCHING: Economic sectors allowed to operate during the current movement control order (MCO) have been reminded to observe Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) strictly.
Federal Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this was to reduce infection clusters at workplaces.
“If we can reduce infection clusters by strictly following SOP guidelines, the sooner the economic sector can be fully opened.
“I would like to advise the economic sectors that are allowed to be opened to comply with the SOPs set by the National Security Council (NSC).
“Employers need to be more proactive and responsible in dealing with Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (June 30).
Wan Junaidi noted while it has been a month since the MCO was implemented nationwide, the number of Covid-19 cases was still high.
At the same time, the Santubong MP also reminded employers to look after the welfare of employees to control the spread of Covid-19 effectively.
Last Sunday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said phase one of the movement control under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) was extended as the number of daily Covid-19 cases had not dipped below the 4,000 threshold.
To enable the transition to phase two, the average daily cases should drop below 4,000.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 11 sectors—manufacturing and commercial— would be allowed to operate alongside essential sectors approved by the NSC under phase two of NRP.
The six pre-approved sectors under the manufacturing category included automotive (vehicle/components), ceramic, rubber, cement, steel and iron and furniture (for the purpose of exportation).
Separately, the five pre-approved sectors under the commercial category included stationery and book shops, computer and telecommunications, electrical appliances, car wash and hairdressing salons.