This will affect at least 1 million workers in the private and public sector
UPDATED (21st Oct 8.00PM)
Putrajaya has clarified that the Work From Home order only applies to employees in the industrial and public sectors. Those in the informal sectors are exempted from the Work From Home orders. This includes sectors involving restaurants, retail, stall operators, convenience shops, among others.
In addition, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has said that the compulsory swab test for employees living or working in COVID-19 red zones only applies to foreign workers, such as those working in construction or security.
Swab tests are not compulsory for Malaysians required to be at the office, but it is strongly advised as a precaution.
UPDATED (21st Oct 3.00PM)
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has released guidelines on the new Work From Home (WFH) orders during CMCO. The ministry reiterates that only 10% of employees involved in accounts, finance, government, law, planning and ICT are permitted to work in office, but working hours must be from 10.00AM – 2.00PM, and only 3 days a week.
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— MITI Malaysia (@MITIMalaysia) October 21, 2020
UPDATED (21st Oct 12.00PM)
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has permitted 10% of workforce to be present at the office, provided they are involved in accounting, finance, government, law, planning, and ICT.
Even so, working hours are restricted to 4 hours, from 10AM – 2PM, and only for 3 days in a week. Permission letters from employers must be provided for staff required to work in office.
Below is the official statement from Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Siaran Media – MITI bersetuju untuk membenarkan maksimum 10 % pekerja merangkumi antaranya tugasan yang melibatkan perakaunan, kewangan, pentadbiran, perundangan, perancangan dan ICT untuk berada di pejabat yang dihadkan bermula jam 10 pagi sehingga 2 ptg untuk 3 hari seminggu. pic.twitter.com/QQgANoEZ6i
— Mohamed Azmin Ali • 🇲🇾 (@AzminAli) October 21, 2020
The article below was published on 21st October 2020
Stricter measures have been imposed on states currently under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
In his daily briefing yesterday (Oct 20), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that employees in CMCO areas are now required to work from home starting October 22 (Thursday). This extends to employees at the management and supervisory level in both the public and private sector.
So far, five regions have been placed under CMCO – Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor, Labuan, and Sabah.
Exceptions will be given to workers that need to be present at the office, such as those working in the finance department, or are involved in enforcement, management, and welfare services.
The National Security Council (NSC) stressed that employees living in red zone areas who need to be present at the office must undergo a swab test. Employees contributing to Social Security Organisation (Socso) will have their swab tests covered by Socso.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said this newly enforced restriction will affect over one million workers; 800,000 workers in the industrial sector, and 200,000 civil servants.
The CMCO imposed on Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor on Oct 14 initially allowed employees to continue working at offices if they possessed letters from employers. However, after nine COVID-19 clusters were traced back to workplaces in Selangor, the government has decided to make working from home mandatory.
This comes after Malaysia records over 800 COVID-19 cases in four consecutive days: 17th October (869), 18th October (871), 19th October (865) and 20th October (862). Although most cases were reported in Sabah, the growing number of cases in Selangor is raising alarm bells in the community.