No need to rush to reopen business today — Saifuddin
KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s decision to allow almost all economic sectors and business activities to resume operations today does not mean that all need to be reopened immediately with things are done in a hurry.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said it all depends on employers whether to resume operations today or after the end of the fourth phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on May 12.
“We put tomorrow (today) as the date to resume operations because we do not want the situation to explode on May 12. So it is best to grant this permission now (to prepare for the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)).
“Hence, it does not mean that every business will resume operations today but we are giving the date for traders, factories or companies to make necessary preparations as they have to adhere to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs),” he said when appearing as a guest on the Borak Kopitiam programme on TV3 yesterday.
He said this also due to the fact that it would not be easy for a business to resume operations as each sector has its own set of SOPs.
This includes taking time to prepare for the SOP compliance measures such as providing hand sanitisers, face masks and to train their employees on the required SOP.
Saifuddin said what is important is for the community, especially the traders and workers, to remember that the MCO directives are still in place.
“So, if you have to go to work, then go but must remember that we are still in the MCO period. Do your work with care. Follow the SOP,” he said. – Bernama