MITI approval letter Mohamed Azmin Ali essential services sector
Mohamed Azmin Ali

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) said that the approval letters to operate are not merely issued by its ministry. Other ministries and organisations such as Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) are also issuing approval letters.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said that MITI is not the sole decision maker in determining if a business sector is an essential service or otherwise.

He said, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) also uses work approvals coordinated by its ministry.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport also uses its Logistics Industry Information System (SMILE) for the same purpose while BNM is responsible in issuing the approval to operate for financial and banking institutions.

According to Mohamed Azmin, as of 7.30 am, 586,308 companies with 10.2 million employees have registered with the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS).

From that amount, only 128,150 approval letters have been printed through the CIMS involving 1.57 million employees nationwide.

MITI is also aware of the complaints alleging that the CIMS 3.0 has been breached and it several sectors that re not allowed to operate managed to get their approval.

MITI said, it is opened to any form of complaints and criticisms on the CIMS 2.0 to ensure transparency and effectiveness of the system.

MITI, through the joint enforcement unit with other enforcement agencies will continue to monitor and control the implementation of MCO 3.0 SOP. –MalaysiaGazette

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