Only industries under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and those in the public sector are affected by the work from home order in Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced this during his daily press conference today, 21 October, a few hours after MITI released several standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the new ruling that comes into effect tomorrow, 22 October.
Workers in sectors categorised as informal are not affected by the WFH order for CMCO areas.
Here's what Ismail Sabri said about informal sectors:
"Many other sectors categorised as informal sectors, such as retail, food, plantations, agriculture, hawkers, restaurants, food stalls, food courts, sundry shops, convenience shops and so on are allowed to continue working as usual according to the SOPs. So, these other shops can operate as usual."
However, workers in essential services like transport and security personnel are not exempted from the WFH order in CMCO areas
According to Ismail Sabri, transportation services including public and express buses, e-hailing services, taxis, LRT, and food delivery services will be allowed to operate as usual under the SOPs.
"Police and armed forces personnel, employees of public transport companies, taxi drivers, e-hailing and delivery services are also not affected by the directive," he said.
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