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COVID-19: Here’s A List of Essential Services That Will Remain Operational

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After the announcement of the Movement Control Order by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, several members of the public were confused with what essential services meant. We’ve compiled a list of essential services that will remain open, according to the Industrial Relations Act 1967.

Essential Services

“Essential Services” would mean any service that is specified in the First Schedule.

The First Schedule – Essential Services includes:

  1. Banking Services
  2. Electricity Services
  3. Fire Services
  4. Port, dock, harbour and airport services and undertakings, including stevedoring, lighterage, cargo handling, pilotage and storing or bulking of commodities.
  5. Postal services.
  6. Prison services.
  7. Production, refining, storage, supply and distribution of fuel and lubricants.
  8. Public health services.
    1. Public waste management services.
  9. Radio communication services, including broadcasting and television services.
  10. Telegraph, telephone and telecommunication services.
  11. Transport services by land, water or air.
  12. Water services.
  13. Any service provided by any of the following Departments of Government:
    1. Chemistry
    2. Civil Aviation
    3. Customs and Excise
    4. Immigration
    5. Marine
    6. Meteorology
    7. Printing
  14. Services which are connected with, or related to, or which assist towards, the maintenance and functioning of the armed forces and the Royal Malaysian Police Force.
  15. Businesses and industries which are connected with the defence and security of Malaysia.
  16. Any section of any service, on the working of which the safety of the employees therein or of the establishment relating thereto depends.
  17. Industries decalred by the Minister by notification in the Gazette as industries essential to the economy of Malaysia

Shopping malls would still remain operational, but any stores that are not categorised under essential services would be closed temporarily. For example, your Poslaju branch in a shopping mall might still be operating as usual. In other news, Grab has announced that all of its services will remain operational throughout the Movement Control Order.

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Source: Industrial Court Malaysia

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