KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 – The official website of the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs apparently collapsed just hours before the country entered a “total lockdown”.
After being down for over an hour, the website appears to be back up and running as usual tonight, on the eve of Malaysia’s return to a nationwide ‘total lockdown’ caused by an exponential increase of Covid-19 infections after Hari Raya Aidilfitri’s vacation.
It is not clear what caused the crash or made the portal inaccessible, but there is speculation that the heavy traffic from applications for operating permits could be one of the reasons.
Malaysian courier could not reach the ministry for an explanation at time of writing.
It is understood that the ministry was initially responsible for issuing permits to local property suppliers wishing to operate within the next two weeks, when a strict movement control order is in place.
Only a handful of essential services and businesses will be allowed to operate from June 1 to June 14.
The government has said it needs to apply a strict lockdown similar to the first MCO to stem the sharp rise in daily positive cases for Covid-19.
But that changed soon after.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) issued a statement late in the evening that it is again in charge as the sole coordinator for companies to obtain written authorization to operate from tomorrow.
The National Security Council (NSC) said new letters of approval will be needed for the first phase of the Third Order of Movement Control (MCO) over the next two weeks.
“The special meeting of the NSC chaired by the Prime Minister of YAB today decided that a one-stop-shop center coordinated by Miti will be established to issue letters of approval for the economic sectors essential to operate after receiving the confirmation of ministries that oversee the related sector, âhe said.
âWith this in mind, new travel authorization requests for work must be resubmitted through the Covid-19 (Cims) 3.0 intelligent management system portal coordinated by Miti and involving all ministries that oversee 17 service sectors. essentials that have been authorized to operate. “, He concluded in the brief press release.