Information courtesy of AMCHAM Malaysia

The list of economic and essential service sectors allowed to operate throughout the lockdown was announced earlier today and it will be effective from June 1 to June 14, 2021.

Social & Economic Activities Allowed to Operate

The following are the list of services allowed to operate during the lockdown period:

  1. Food and beverage, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medicine, including supplements, self-care and animal clinics, and veterinary services
  3. Water
  4. Energy
  5. Security and safety, defense, emergency, welfare, and humanitarian assistance
  6. Solid waste management and public cleaning and sewerage
  7. Transportation through the land, water, and/or air
  8. Services and operations of ports, shipyards and airports – including loading, lattice transportation, cargo handling and piloting, and storage or bulk commodity
  9. Communications – including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for purpose of conveying information, news and the like only)
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful, and capital markets
  11. Community credit
  12. E-Commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply, and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotel and accommodation for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, work for the essential services and not tourism
  15. Critical construction, maintenance, and repairs
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Logistics limited to delivery of essential service

List of Manufacturing and Manufacturing-Related Services Sectors Allowed to Operate

Only the following manufacturing sectors are allowed to operate during the lockdown period with 60% of the workforce.

1.    Aerospace including maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)

2.    Food and beverage

3.    Packaging and printing materials

4.    Personal care products and cleaning supplies

5.    Healthcare and medical care including dietary supplements

6.    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including rubber gloves, and fire safety equipment

7.    Medical equipment components

8.    Electrical and Electronics

9.    Oil and Gas, including petrochemical and petrochemical products

10.  Chemical products

11.  Machinery and equipment

12.  Textiles for manufacturing of PPE only

13.  Production, distillation, storage, supply, and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Manufacturers in sectors allowed only for warm idle mode are also required to download the MITI approval letter via CIMS 3.0 and subject to a maximum workforce capacity of 10%.

Listed below are the sectors under the warm idle mode:

·         Automotive (vehicles and components)

·         Iron and Steel

·         Cement

·         Glass

·         Ceramics

Please note that effective Sunday, 30 May 2021, 8.00 pm manufacturing companies that have already registered with CIMS 3.0 must download the new MITI approval letter and update their workers’ list where necessary.

For manufacturing companies that have yet to register, submission can be made beginning Monday, 31 May 2021, 1.00 pm. Details on how to register at CIMS 3.0 (via can be accessed through

Further information can be found on the NSC and Ministry websites. Each Ministry will have its own SOPs.

For sectors other than manufacturing and MRS, companies are required to refer to the relevant ministries regulating their sectors or the National Security Council (MKN).

Trade and Distribution

Please note that shopping malls will be closed, however, shops that fall under essentials such as supermarkets, hypermarkets, food outlets, and basic necessities will be allowed to remain open. These include:

1. Pharmacies, personal care, convenience stores, and mini-marts

2. Restaurants, food outlets, and stalls including those operating by the roadside open for take-away and delivery            purposes only

3. Pet care and pet food stores

4. Glasses and optical stores

5. Laundry shops including self-service laundry premises

6. Hardware shops

7. E-Commerce for all products

8. Wholesale and distribution only for all essential service products


The permitted businesses and services are allowed to operate from 8 am to 8 pm. For those listed below, the operating hours vary:

• Daily and public markets are from 6 am to 2 pm.

• Controlled Fresh Markets: 7 am until 12 pm

• Permanent Farmers’ Market, MyFarm Outlet, and Area Farmers’ Association Complexes:
   6 am until 4 pm

• Wholesale markets: 12.01 am until 6 am and 11 am until 4 pm.

• Petrol stations: 6am until 8pm

• Petrol stations along the highway are allowed to operate 24 hours daily

Additional Restrictions

Only 20% of the civil workforce are allowed to be in the office.

• Only 1.5 million workers a day across Malaysia will be allowed to travel for work-related purposes under new restrictions. New requests to travel for work must be directed to their respective ministries.

• The public is only allowed to leave the house to buy food and medicine. Only two per household, similar to MCO 1.0

• Kindergartens and nurseries are not allowed to open except for frontliners and parents who are both working.

• Religious activities are determined by religious state authorities

• Individual non-contact sports are allowed (jogging and aerobics) up to 8 pm.

A detailed list of activities prohibited/limited will be released soon.

Further information will be available on the NSC and Ministry websites. Each Ministry will have its own SOP.

FAQs on the Strengthened Nationwide MCO 3.0

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has released a set of FAQs pertaining to the recent announcement of the nationwide strengthening of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0. Questions cover business activities and economic sectors permitted to operate, detailed answers on workforce capacity, business types, and more. The FAQs can be found here

MITI Hotlines

The MITI hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Source: MITI, MKN , AMCHAM Malaysia


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