Informal sector to work with employer’s letter

Workers in the retail, agriculture, delivery service and e-hailing industries are allowed to work with a travel letter issued by employer


A DAY after announcing a work-from-home order, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob now said workers in the informal sector are allowed to work as usual as long as they comply with the standard operating procedures.

Ismail Sabri said this will involve workers in the retail, agriculture, delivery service and e-hailing industries.

“The employers need to issue a travel letter for each staff member who is allowed to work during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

The implementation of this order is similar to the nationwide CMCO directives, enforced last May,” said Ismail Sabri.

In addition, the minister also said only foreign workers and those displaying symptoms should undergo a swab test.

“The swab test is mandatory for foreign workers, such as those in the construction sector or working as security guards, and those with symptoms,” he said in his daily press conference yesterday.

He also clarified that the work-from-home directive on Tuesday is only meant to those involved in the industrial and public sectors.

“Confusion rose when we announced the work-from-home order. As I mentioned yesterday, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry will provide further details on this today.

“As we said, only those involved in the public service and industries are told to work from home. As for the rest, they can continue to operate as usual under the new norms,” he said yesterday.

On the CMCO, he said 434 individuals were detained, of which 400 were compounded, 24 remanded and 10 were bailed.

“Among the offences committed were failure to wear face masks in the open, failure to physically distance themselves, failure to provide a device to record entry and exit information, and others,” Ismail Sabri said.

On the Benteng Ops, around 37 foreigners were detained, with 10 vehicles confiscated.

“Nationwide, around 304 roadblocks related to the Benteng Ops were mounted yesterday, with the police having mounted 230, the Malaysian Armed Forces with 65 and the Border Security Agency with nine,” he said.

The government’s task force inspected 3,777 supermarkets, 4,678 restaurants, 1,201 factories and 1,939 farmers’ and public markets, alongside 3,100 worship places and 1,343 leisure places.

Similarly, the National Security Council (NSC) had heard of the uptrend in cases involving prison clusters.

“To control the spread in prisons and staff quarters and on the advice of the Ministry of Health, the NSC Special Session today (yesterday) agreed to implement Enhanced MCO (EMCO) in Seberang Perai Prison and Seberang Perai Prison Housing Quarters starting Oct 22 to Nov 4, 2020.

“This EMCO implementation will control the entry and exit within the area, which can also help with the screening test that will be done,” he said.

The total number of individuals involved is 3,262, including inmates, prison staff and families who live in quarters, prison staff who do not inhabit the quarters and civil servants (32 people).

Over 200 investigation papers on fake news regarding Covid-19 were opened as of yesterday following the recent rise of misinformation.

“A total of 398 disclaimers about fake news were clarified to the public yesterday by the Quick Response Team of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia to curb the spread of fake news related to Covid-19,” he said.

Among other news spread on social media was that nearly 90% individuals confirmed positive with Covid-19 had visited shopping malls within the Klang Valley area.