All non-essential activities in manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying allowed to operate from August 16

KUALA LUMPUR: All non-essential activities in the manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying sectors are allowed to resume operations in Phases 1, 2 and 3 states of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) from August 16 , said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. (pictures) noted.

However, he said, operational capacity depended on the completed vaccination rate of employees.

He said that full operational capacity is allowed if the completed vaccination rate of employees is between 80% and 100%, 80% operational capacity if the vaccination rate is between 60% and 79% and operational capacity 60% if vaccination the rate is between 40% and 59%.

Muhyiddin said the government was aware that the decision would provoke various reactions from the public concerned about the risk of contagion, but each decision was made with caution.

“After more than a year of the pandemic situation in the country, many employers have started to downsize, causing many of them to lose their jobs.

“In this difficult situation, the government cannot let this situation drag on,” he said in a statement today.

The Prime Minister also expressed his hope that the announced facilities can revitalize their businesses.

He reminded all employers to comply and fulfill the conditions that have been set before resuming operations to keep employees and the workplace safe.

At the same time, he said employers are urged to take full advantage of wage subsidy initiatives provided by the government to ensure that every employee receives their salary.

To employees, Muhyiddin said an immediate report should be made to the Ministry of Health (MoH) at or the Ministry of Home Affairs at or the Ministry Human Resources through the Working For Workers (WFW) app if the employer does not follow specified standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“The power is in your hands as an employee, as an employer who fails to follow SOPs and breaches the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act 1988 (Act 342) can be aggravated and taken to court.

“Under this law also, the Ministry of Health has full power to issue a notice of closure order for its premises,” he said.

He said that from July 26 to August 10, more than 900 premises were ordered to close due to their non-compliance with SOPs.

He added that it also proves that the government is very strict on any party that breaks the rules.

– Bernama

Michelle J. Kelley