MCO: Sec-gens, employers must issue travel permits for workers
0 month ago, 23-Mar-2020
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob
PUTRAJAYA: All secretaries-general of ministries providing essential services must issue travel authorisation letters to staff working during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, at a special ministerial meeting on the MCO held this morning, it was decided that the directive also applied to employers of private businesses which have been defined as essential services.
Ismail Sabri said the letter was to facilitate the movement of workers stayingfar from their work places , especially those requiring to travel inter-state or inter-district.
“At the roads some of them (public and private sectorworkers) were forced to turn back as they could not show proof that they have been directed to work.
“The letter should be brought along when travelling to and from work, to be presented to the police manning the roads,” he told a press conference here.
The MCOimposed by the government fromMarch 18 to 31was a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Meanwhile Ismail Sabri reminded that apart from those working in the essential services sector, inter-state or inter-district travel is strictly prohibited throughout the MCO period with the exception of emergenciessuch as death in the family or cases requiring medical attention.
The senior minister added that inthe meeting it was also agreed that food expenses for all students ofpublic and private institutions of higher learning,living in hostels or colleges during the MCO, would be borne by the government.
Ismail Sabri said thegovernment has left it entirely to the administration of the respective higher learning institutions in dealing with the implementation and distribution of the food aid.
“This will involve a total of 74,530 students at a cost of RM15 per day for 11 days which works out to about RM12,297,450, he added. – Bernama
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