19/03/2020 02:03 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 -- Workers in the plantation and commodities sector have been exempted from the Movement Control Order and are allowed to resume their work activities, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.
He said the ministry Is aware that the enforcement of the order from March 18-31 would have an impact on the sector.
“The ministry is aware of the importance of the oil palm and rubber industries which contribute to the supply chain related to the provision of essential services, such as supplies of cooking oil and medical equipment like gloves and catheters,” he said in a statement today.
Following the exemption, activities such as harvesting and processing fresh fruit bunches by plantation companies, smallholders and palm oil millers may be continued.
The exemption also includes processing of crude palm oil at the refineries for the production of cooking oils to meet local demand.
Rubber tapping is also allowed to continue to ensure the supply of raw materials for medical items such as gloves and catheters, while the timber sector may resume their operations to fulfill their existing contract orders.
However, workers will need to abide by all preventive and control measures including ensuring social distancing and returning home straight after work, as well as practicing good hygiene habits such as washing their hands with soap or hand sanitisers.
Oh, 'that' ban: Construction firm fined RM50k for operating during MCO
Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 2:38 PM MYT
By BAVANI M
PETALING JAYA: A construction firm in Kuala Lumpur was compounded for not adhering to the ongoing movement control order (MCO).
The firm was slapped with a RM50,000 fine for carrying out work despite having been given notice to stop work for two weeks.
Two others were ordered to shut down operations immediately after they were found to be carrying out housekeeping at the site.
Under the MCO directive from the government, construction sites and household renovation works are not considered essential services and hence must cease.
DBKL enforcement officers in charge of monitoring construction sites had carried out inspection at about 50 sites by 1pm on Thursday (March 19).
“These are big firms caught breaking the law, and it is disappointing," said DBKL Corporate Planning department director, Khairul Azmir Ahmad.
“The two ordered to close were carrying housekeeping work at the site, while the other one, which was summoned, was fully operational, ’’ he added.
Khairul said the inspections were carried out at construction hotspots in Bukit Bintang, Segambut and Wangsa Maju.
The compound was issued under Section 70 (13) of the Road, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133).
Non-essential services in the city have to cease until March 31.- Star, 19/3/2020