Manufacturing industries only need permission if operating beyond 6am-8pm, over 30pct capacity

Steel factory. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, June 10: Manufacturing industries in Sarawak do not need to apply for permits to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) but their operating hours are limited to from 6am to 8pm at no more than 30 per cent workforce capacity at any one time.

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Enterpreneur Development Sarawak (Mintred) in clarifying this, said the manufacturing industry (“Industri Perkilangan dan Pembuatan”) was listed as an essential service in the standard operating procedures (SOPs) dated May 31.

“Therefore, companies under this category are allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm at no more than 30 per cent workforce capacity at any one time and thus, do not need to apply for permission to operate.

“However, if a company under this category requires to operate beyond the allowable operating hours, for example beyond 8pm or requires to operate with more than 30 per cent workforce capacity at any one time, then the company concerned must submit an application to Mintred with justifications for the consideration of SDMC (State Disaster Management Committee),” it said in a statement today.

Mintred added that companies looking to make such applications may visit the official website at mintred.sarawak.gov.my to download the necessary forms.


Meanwhile, the ministry also reiterated that an employer’s letter would suffice for employees in this industry to travel to work during the MCO period, but an additional police permit is a must for those who are required to travel inter-district. — DayakDaily