Ministry of Internal Trade: NGOs providing essential items during MCO should source from wholesalers and factories | Malaysia



Essential items are handed over to residents of Kampung Dato ‘Ahmad Said Tambahan 2 in Mukim (sub-district) Ulu Kinta following the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on June 6, 2021. – Photo by Farhan Najib

IPOH, June 6 – Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing essential items to those affected by Movement Control Order 3.0 (MCO 3.0) are advised to source from wholesalers or factories.

Azman Adam, director of enforcement at the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), said they should use the right channels to source to avoid disrupting the food supply chain, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There are NGOs that come to get supplies. If possible, do not disrupt the existing supply chain, do not take in small retail outlets in villages.

“If they need things, they should go to channels like wholesalers or factories to avoid disrupting supplies,” he said at a press conference after a compliance inspection. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) MCO 3.0 – Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act 1988 (Act 342) in several supermarkets here, today.

He also said that 41 compounds totaling 283,500 RM were issued to companies and individuals who violated SOPs in the commerce and distribution sector during the implementation of MCO 3.0 from June 1 until yesterday.

Regarding compliance with the MCO SOP from May of last year until yesterday, he said 227 compounds had been issued to those who flouted the SOP during inspection at 579,892 premises.

“Based on the statistics, compliance in the trade and distribution sector is at a satisfactory level.

“Only 0.10% of the premises were composed, 1.36% advised and warned, while the rest, 98.51%, complied with the SOP,” he added. – Bernama



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