MMA says random checks of Department of Internal Trade premises not necessary, will only cause resentment

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has announced that it will carry out spot checks at premises to ensure that businesses, workers and customers compliance with new relaxed standard operating procedures (SOPs) is not required.

In a statement today, MMA President Dr Koh Kar Chai said there was no need for such “harsh enforcement” which can even be seen as regressive and would arouse resentment among business owners and the public.

“We should really gradually move away from restrictive policies. After two years of the pandemic, people should now know what they need to do to protect themselves, their families and their incomes.

“At this stage, oversight and enforcement activities related to Act 342 should be left in the hands of the Ministry of Health (MoH), he said, referring to the provision of the 1988 Act. on the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Dr Koh added that strict enforcement was needed in the beginning before the population was vaccinated and hospitalizations were high but not needed now as the situation has since improved significantly.

“Companies are well aware of the effect Covid-19 can potentially have on businesses and so we must trust business owners and people to take all necessary precautions.

“As responsible people, the public is advised to follow prescribed Covid-19 guidelines and practice self-discipline to avoid an increase in cases which may then force us to revert to strict SOPs which will harm our economic health. and mental,” he added.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said in a statement yesterday that the ministry is committed to mobilizing law enforcement officers across the country to carry out random examinations and if business premises employees or visitors were found to be high-risk individuals, action could be taken. under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) for failing to comply with established rules.

His statement came after Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that MySejahtera registration at premises is no longer required, but premises owners can check the health status of their customers to ensure that they are not high-risk people, those who have received the Home Watch Order (HSO) or are Covid-19 positive.

Khairy also announced that the mask mandate will be relaxed from today so those outside do not need to wear a face mask while indoors it is still required. .

However, high-risk and sick people have been advised to wear their masks indoors and outdoors.


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