On 4 May, Malaysia has moved to the fifth phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

MEASURES

  • On 1 May, the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin introduced new regulations, Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), as the fifth round of MCO, and will be started from 4 to 12 May 2020.
  • The CMCO allows people to conduct social and economic activities with loosened restrictions, including interstate travel, public is allowed to travel in four people per vehicle, relaxation on the number of attendees to funeral. However, other regulations have been maintained, including the ban on gathering, quarantine, and health checks on inbound travellers.
  • In addition, the new regulations for CMCO also listed the 13 specific types of businesses and activities prohibited during the CMCO. The types of businesses prohibited are listed in the SOP for Reopening of the Economy.
  • On 4 May, the government announced that it is mandatory for all foreign workers to undergo the COVID-19 screening. The cost will be free if they are registered with Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) and work in industries which allowed to resume operation.

IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Following the announcement of new regulations, CMCO, the economy sectors and businesses, including food industry, resume operations with the adherence to SOP for Reopening of the Economy, and SOP for different sectors. The SOP for Manufacturing Sector has allowed manufacturers to operate with 100% capacity and without time restrictions.
  • For companies that have not submitted application to operate during the MCO Phase 1, 2, and 3 are required to declare the commitment to comply with the established SOP by submitting company information to Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

FIA RECOMMENDATIONS/ACTIONS

  • The MITI Secretary General has tentatively agreed to have a call with FIA after the end of CMCO. FIA will be taking this opportunity to appreciate the government’s actions in reopening the economic sectors with established SOPs and highlight the need for a robust food security.