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Ismail Sabri: Work From Home Still Enforced In KL & Selangor CMCO Areas

Ismail Sabri: Work From Home Still Enforced In KL & Selangor CMCO Areas

WFH still applies to everyone working in management and administration roles during the CMCO.

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The government’s Work From Home (WFH) orders for employees in Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas are still in place, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

During his daily press conference on 9 December, Ismail Sabri explained employees in management and administration roles for all public and private sectors in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor CMCO areas are still required to WFH according to guidelines previously released by the International Trade & Industry Ministry (MITI) and the director-general of the civil service.

READ MORE: CMCO WFH: Who Can Go Office & Who Cannot

The Defence Minister further explained that this is because the states under CMCO are still considered red zones with a high number of Covid-19 cases.

When asked about WFH instructions for states that were recently put under CMCO on 7 December, he said that he has not been informed yet on the decision.

Ismail Sabri had previously said that the WFH directive will be reviewed and that the National Security Council (MKN) would discuss with MITI as well as the director-general of the civil service.

Economic activities in CMCO areas

Currently, MKN’s official CMCO SOP released on 7 December for economic and work activities are as follows:

Occupational activities

  • Movement in / out across CMCO and RMCO areas is ALLOWED.
  • Movement into EMCO areas is NOT ALLOWED.
  • Occupational activities based on Public Service Department Circular / Directive for civil servants and private sector employees.
  • Vehicles carrying employees including private vehicles are ALLOWED to operate with SOP compliance.


Face-to-face meetings for official business / work held at offices, hotels and other institutions are allowed in compliance with physical distancing, mandatory face mask and only 50% of the meeting room’s capacity.

Activities In CMCO Area

  • Business / economy / industry are ALLOWED to operate as prescribed by the Government.
  • Supermarkets, Shopping Malls and Retail Stores are ALLOWED to operate according to the SOP from 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight.
  • Restaurants, shops / food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, circulating hawkers, food court / hawker center, roadside stalls / kiosks, grocery stores and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate according to the Food Sector SOP from 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight.
  • Restaurants and eateries are ALLOWED to operate on a dine-in basis (WITH 1 METER DISTANCING BETWEEN CUSTOMERS according to table size), take away, delivery or drive-through in compliance with the Food Sector SOP (Business Premises , Non-Premises Hawkers, Building Markets and Retail / Retail Food & Beverage). Operation hours are allowed from 6.00am to 12.00 midnight (subject to license terms).
  • Daily market, wholesale market, farmers market, night market and Bazar Larut Malam (uptown, downtown and the like) operation hours are according to licence/permit until 12.00 midnight with SOP compliance and supervision by RELA / local government personnel.
  • Pumping operation hours at petrol stations are from 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight (except petrol station operations on the highway which are allowed to operate 24 hours).
  • Laundromat operations are ALLOWED from 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight.
  • Operations of other businesses for daily needs are ALLOWED from 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight (subject to license terms).

Medical / Health Services

  • Government and private clinics and hospitals are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours or according to time set by the Government.
  • Pharmacies and drug stores operate from 8.00 am to 12.00 midnight.

Economic Sector Activities and Industry

  • Economic and industrial sector activities in CMCO areas are carried out as prescribed by the Government with compliance to the prescribed SOP.
  • All vehicles related to industry, business and manufacturing are ALLOWED to operate including across districts and states.

Fisheries, Plantation and Agriculture Sector Activities

  • Fisheries, plantation, agriculture, livestock and all related sectors of the food chain are ALLOWED to operate.

READ MORE: Official CMCO SOP For States In Peninsular Malaysia As Of 7 December (In English)

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