Azmin: Miti approval letters still needed for manufacturing sector

International Trade and Industry Minister (Miti) Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin says approval letters from the ministry are still relevant for operators from the manufacturing sector. - BERNAMA FILE PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: Approval letters from the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) are still relevant for operators from the manufacturing sector, said its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Even as states are split under Phases 3 and 4 of the National Recovery Plan, 80 per cent of workers in such companies need to be vaccinated for operations to resume to 100 per cent capacity, he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

He said companies can update their vaccination numbers through the ministry’s Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS), while approval letters for the sector can be downloaded and printed from the database.

“It needs to be stressed that all sectors are still subject to Standard Operating Procedures for states under Phases 3 and 4,” he said while referring to the rankings given to states where the risk of illness to health and safety of the populace is low.

Azmin said NRP Phases 3 and 4 states dictate that the operating capacity for manufacturing, construction, mining and quarries hinged on the rates of fully vaccinated workers and mandatory testing of the workforce every two-weeks at their employers’ cost.

“If 80-100 per cent of their workers are vaccinated they can operate at full capacity but if less than 80 per cent are vaccinated, they can only operate at 80 per cent capacity.

Azmin said this in a written parliamentary reply to Wong Kah Who (Ipoh Timur-DAP) who had asked him whether the government planned to scrap the requirement now that the states were under NRP Phases 3 or 4.

He, however said economic sectors that were allowed to operate under the Works; Tourism, Arts and Culture; as well as the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministries were no longer required to get their approvals from Miti, following the announcements made by the ministries.

Source: New Straits Times


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