Knowledge Highlights 15 June 2021

On 11 January 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the imposition of a “Movement Control Order” (“MCO”) in the states of Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah, and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Malaysia. Another six states (Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan) have been placed under a “Conditional Movement Control Order” (“CMCO”), whereas Perlis and Sarawak have been made subject to a “Recovery Movement Control Order” (“RMCO”) for the same period. These measures will remain in force for two weeks from 13 January until 26 January 2021.  For more details, please see our article in relation to the MCO here.

Subsequent to the announcement on 11 January 2021, MCO was imposed in the state of Kelantan from 16 January until 26 January 2021, and in Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit districts in the state of Sarawak from 16 January until 29 January 2021. The remaining districts in Sarawak have been placed under CMCO from 18 January until 31 January 2021. The districts of Seremban and Port Dickson in the state of Negeri Sembilan have been placed under MCO from 19 January until 1 February 2021.

On 19 January 2021, it was announced that the states of Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Terengganu will be placed under MCO from 22 January until 4 February 2021, thus bringing the entire country except for certain parts of Sarawak under MCO.

On 21 January 2021, it was announced that MCO imposed in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and Kelantan, and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan has been extended to 4 February 2021.

On 2 February 2021, it was announced that MCO imposed on all states except Sarawak has been extended to 18 February 2021.

On 16 February 2021, it was announced that MCO imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang has been extended to 5 March 2021. Other states that were under MCO previously will be placed under CMCO, effective from 19 February 2021 to 4 March 2021, while Perlis will be placed under RMCO.

On 2 March 2021, it was announced that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang that were under MCO previously will be placed under CMCO, effective from 5 March to 18 March 2021. The CMCO imposed in Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan and Perak has been extended to 18 March 2021. Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Putrajaya, and Labuan that were under CMCO previously will be placed under RMCO from 5 March to 18 March 2021.

On 16 March 2021, it was announced that CMCO previously imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Kelantan has been extended to 31 March 2021. Kedah, Negeri Sembilan and Perak that were under CMCO previously will be placed under RMCO from 19 March to 31 March 2021. The RMCO previously imposed in Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Putrajaya and Labuan has been extended to 31 March 2021.

On 30 March 2021, it was announced that CMCO previously imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Kelantan has been extended to 14 April 2021. The CMCO previously imposed in Sarawak has been extended to 12 April 2021. The RMCO previously imposed in Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Terengganu, as well as the Federal Territories of Putrajaya and Labuan has been extended to 14 April 2021.

On 12 April 2021, it was announced that CMCO previously imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Kelantan has been extended to 28 April 2021. The CMCO previously imposed in Sarawak has been extended to 26 April 2021. The RMCO previously imposed in Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Terengganu, as well as the Federal Territories of Putrajaya and Labuan has been extended to 28 April 2021.

On 14 April 2021, it was announced that seven districts in Kelantan (Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Bachok, Machang, Tumpat and Tanah Merah) and five districts in Sarawak (Kuching, Bintulu, Miri, Sibu and Meradong) will be placed under MCO from 16 April to 29 April 2021.

On 15 April 2021, it was announced that two districts in Sabah (Sandakan and Tawau) will be placed under MCO from 17 April to 30 April 2021.

On 21 April 2021, it was announced that three districts in Kelantan (Jeli, Kuala Krai and Musang) will be placed under MCO from 22 April to 29 April 2021, bringing the entire Kelantan under MCO.

On 27 April 2021, it was announced that the MCO previously imposed in Kelantan has been extended to 17 May 2021. Sabah and Sarawak will be placed under CMCO until 17 May 2021. The CMCO previously imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Penang has been extended to 17 May 2021. The RMCO previously imposed in Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Terengganu, as well as the Federal Territories of Putrajaya and Labuan has been extended to 17 May 2021.

On 30 April 2021, it was announced that five districts in Kedah (Kota Setar, Kuala Muda, Bandar Baharu, Baling and Kulim) will be placed under MCO from 1 May to 14 May 2021.

On 4 May 2021, it was announced that six districts in Selangor (Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat, and Sepang) will be placed under MCO from 6 May to 17 May 2021.

On 5 May 2021, it was announced that the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur will be placed under MCO from 7 May to 20 May 2021. Several localities in Johor (Johor Baru, Kulai and Kota Tinggi), Perak (Taiping, Larut Matang and Selama) and parts of Terengganu's Besut district will be placed under MCO from 7 May to 20 May 2021.

On 10 May 2021, it was announced that the whole of Malaysia will be placed under MCO from 12 May to 7 June 2021.

On 28 May 2021, it was announced that the whole of Malaysia will be placed under total lockdown from 1 June to 14 June 2021 (“FMCO”).

On 11 June 2021, it was announced that the FMCO will be extended to 28 June 2021.

Following the announcement of MCO, governmental departments / agencies have issued Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”), Standard Operating Procedures (“SOP”) and media statements for their respective departments or sectors.

We have set out below a list of all FAQs and publications issued by the respective governmental departments / agencies in relation to MCO / FMCO. The list will be updated as further information is released.

No.

Government Agency / Body

Source

Published on

1.      

Asian International Arbitration Centre

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

23 January 2021

Announcement on revised operating hours and 50% capacity for hearings, meetings, room bookings and events held at Bangunan Sulaiman, available here.

4 March 2021

2.      

Chief Registrar of the Federal Courts of Malaysia

Media statement on the status of court operations in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, and Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan during MCO, available here.  

12 January 2021

Media statement on the status of court operations in Sibu and Kanowit during MCO, available here.  

15 January 2021

Media statement on the status of court operations in Seremban and Port Dickson during MCO, available here.  

18 January 2021

Media statement on the status of court operations in Terengganu, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Kedah and Pahang, available here.

20 January 2021

Media statement on criminal court proceedings and SOPs for court users during MCO, available here, SOPs infographic available here.

20 January 2021

Media statement on the reopening of court service counters throughout the nation, available here.

5 February 2021

Media statement on the reopening of court service counters during CMCO and RMCO, available here.

5 March 2021

Media statement on tightened SOP during MCO, available here.

23 May 2021

Media statement on court operations during FMCO, available here.

29 May 2021

Media statement on exemption from the application of laws in relation to court matters, available here.

31 May 2021

3.      

Companies Commission of Malaysia (“SSM”)

Media statement on the activation of accounts for MyCoID, MyLLP and EzBiz Services via email during MCO, available here, and the guidance available here.

12 January 2021

FAQ on express filing applications for customers during MCO, available here.

14 January 2021

FAQ on registering EzBiz user account during MCO, available here.

14 January 2021

Media statement on operations during MCO, available here, and the relevant FAQs here.

20 January 2021

Announcement on SSM enforcing the activation of EzBiz user account during MCO, available here.

29 January 2021

Announcement on SSM extending the time for circulation, holding annual general meeting, and lodgement for financial year end 1 April 2020 to 31 July 2020, available here.

29 January 2021

Media statement on revised operations during MCO, available here.

3 February 2021

Media statement on revised operations during MCO, available here.

18 February 2021

Media statement on revised operations, available here.

5 March 2021

Media statement on revised operations, available here.

11 May 2021

Media statement on temporary closure for Selangor branch from 18 May to 21 May 2021, available here.

18 May 2021

Media statement on revised operations, available here.

21 May 2021

Media statement on revised operations during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

Practice directive in respect of the extension of time for circulation of financial statements of reports, holding of annual general meeting, and lodgement of financial statements for companies affected by the FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021

Announcement on new initiatives to assist business communities during FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021

4.      

Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Media statement on operations during MCO, available here.

28 January 2021

Media statement on service counter operations during MCO, available here.

7 February 2021

Media statement on operations during MCO, available here.

10 February 2021

Media statement on revised operations, available here.

4 March 2021

Media statement on revised operations, available here.

19 May 2021

Media statement on operations during MCO, available here.

24 May 2021

Media statement on operations during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

Media statement on relaxation of tax payment and penalties pursuant to PEMERKASA Plus and FAQ on taxation matters during FMCO, available here.

3 June 2021

Media statement on extension of time for submission of tax assessment for year 2020, available here.

11 June 2021

5.      

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia

Operating guidelines for customer service counter during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Trademarks Act 2019 Practice Direction No.2/2020 (VA1-2021), available here.

12 January 2021

Suspension of opposition proceedings during MCO, available here.

11 January 2021

Suspension of opposition proceedings during CMCO, available here.

5 March 2021

Operating guidelines for customer service counter during CMCO and RMCO, available here

1 April 2021

Operating guidelines during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

6.      

Malaysian Department of Insolvency

Notice on operations during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Notice on operations during MCO, available here.

11 May 2021

7.      

Ministry of Communications and Multimedia

Media statement on media operation during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

SOPs during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

FAQ during MCO, available here.

20 May 2021

SOPs during MCO, available here.

22 May 2021

Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia)

Temporary suspension of customer service line and complain counter at all MCMC offices during MCO, available here.

11 January 2021

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Announcement on operations during CMCO, available here.

5 March 2021

Media statement on application for operating authorisation letter during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

Announcement on counter operations during FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021

8.      

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (“MDTCA”)

Media statement on the permission to operate for distributive trade services sector under MDTCA during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Media statement on MDTCA welcoming PERMAI assistance, available here.

19 January 2021

Media statement on the activities allowed to operate for distributive trade services sector under MDTCA during MCO, available here.

6 May 2021

Media statement on the distributive trade services sector allowed during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

9.      

Ministry of Education (“MOE”)

Media statement on the operations of educational institutions under MOE, available here.

16 January 2021

FAQ, available here.

18 January 2021

Guidance for school operations during MCO, available here.

9 February 2021

FAQ on public examination during MCO, available here.

9 February 2021

FAQ on operation, available here and here.

6 June 2021

FAQ on FMCO, available here.

8 June 2021

10.   

Department of Director General of Lands and Mines (under the purview of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources)

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

21 January 2021

Announcement on officers’ contact details during FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021

Announcement on temporary closure during FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021

FAQ available here, here, here, and here.

3 June 2021

11.   

Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (“MEDAC”)

Press release on operations during MCO, available here.

13 January 2021

Media statement on MEDAC welcoming PERMAI assistance, available here.

18 January 2021

Media statement on MEDAC welcoming PEMERKASA Plus Assistance Package, available here.

1 June 2021

Media statement on MEDAC offering moratorium to cooperatives affected by FMCO, available here.

7 June 2021

12.   

Ministry of Finance

Media statement on Malaysia’s capital markets remaining open during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

 

13.   

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

FAQ on MCO, available here.

22 January 2021

FAQ on MCO, available here.

3 February 2021

FAQ on MCO, available here.

12 May 2021

FAQ on FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

14.   

Ministry of Higher Education

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Media statement on operations of higher education institutions, available here.

31 May 2021

15.   

Ministry of Home Affairs

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Announcement on operations during FMCO, available here.

30 May 2021

16.   

Ministry of Housing and Local Government

FAQ on MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Notice on counter closure and adjournment of small state trials, available here.

21 May 2021

FAQ available here, here, and here.

3 June 2021

Media statement on the extension of stamp duty exemption period for transfer and loan agreement in respect of the purchase of residential house under the Home Ownership Campaign, available here.

3 June 2021

17.   

Ministry of International Trade and Industry

Media statement on allowing economic sectors in the essential services to operate during MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

FAQ on MCO, available here.

12 January 2021

Media statement on allowing certain economic sectors to operate during MCO, available here.

5 May 2021

Infographics on the key information for the economic sectors during MCO, available here.

5 May 2021

FAQ on MCO, available here.

24 May 2021

Media statement on allowing manufacturing and manufacturing-related sectors to operate during FMCO, available here.

30 May 2021

Infographic on counter operations during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

Media statement on application for operating authorisation letter during FMCO via CIMS 3.0, available here.

1 June 2021

FAQ on FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021 (Updated 6 June 2021)

18.   

Ministry of National Unity

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

19 January 2021

SOPs during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

19.   

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (“MOTAC”)

Announcement on operations during MCO, available here.

13 January 2021

Media statement on MOTAC welcoming PERMAI assistance, available here.

18 January 2021

FAQ on PERMAI eligibility, available here.

27 January 2021

SOP on Targeted Domestic Tourism Movement Bubble, available here.

10 March 2021

Media statement on MOTAC welcoming PEMERKASA assistance, available here.

18 March 2021

Online application for PEMERKASA assistance, available here.

24 March 2021

List of Licensed Travel Agency Tourism and Business Operations Companies that have received phase-1 PEMERKASA assistance, available here.

22 April 2021

Announcement on tightened operation of government offices, available here.

22 May 2021

Announcement on tightened SOP, available here.

24 May 2021

Media statement on MOTAC welcoming PEMERKASA Plus Assistance Package, available here.

1 June 2021

Media statement on allowing the operations of hospitality sector in respect of essential services only during FMCO, available here and approval letter, available here.

1 June 2021

FAQ available here.

3 June 2021 (Updated: 10 June 2021)

Announcement on revised eligibility requirements for PEMERKASA Plus, available here.

10 June 2021

20.   

Ministry of Transport

FAQ on logistic and parcel hailing services during MCO, available here.

13 January 2021

FAQ on SOP during MCO, available here.

16 January 2021

Media statement on all public transport stations and terminals in MCO areas to remain open, available here.

9 May 2021

Media statement on 50% passenger capacity for land and sea public transportation, available here, infographic available here.

22 May 2021

Media statement on tightened SOP, available here, infographic available here.

24 May 2021

Media statement on SOP during FMCO, available here.

31 May 2021

Media statement on operations during FMCO, available here and infographic available here.

31 May 2021

Media statement on list of permitted essential service in transport and logistic, available here.

1 June 2021

21.   

Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development

Media statement on operation of nursery centres during MCO, available here.

13 January 2021

22.   

Ministry of Works

FAQ on MCO, available here.

14 January 2021

Media statement on operations during FMCO, available here.

1 June 2021

23.   

National Security Council

SOPs for FMCO, available here.

2 June 2021

List of all MCO SOPs, available here.

12 January 2021 to 8 June 2021

List of all CMCO SOPs, available here

12 January 2021 to 25 May 2021

List of all RMCO SOPs, available here

12 January 2021 to 10 May 2021

24.   

Prime Minister's Office of Malaysia

Special announcement on Perlindungan Ekonomi Dan Rakyat Malaysia (PERMAI) Assistance Package, available here.

18 January 2021

Special announcement to clarify the implementation of a National Emergency, available here.

4 February 2021

Special announcement on the launch of national COVID-19 immunisation programme handbook, available here.

16 February 2021

Special announcement on the Program Strategik Memperkasa Rakyat dan Ekonomi (PEMERKASA) Assistance Package, available here.

17 March 2021

Special announcement on phase-1 total lockdown (FMCO), available here.

28 May 2021

Special announcement on the PEMERKASA Plus Assistance Package, available here.

31 May 2021

25.   

Securities Commission Malaysia

Guidance and FAQs on the conduct of general meetings for listed issuers, available here.

12 April 2020 (Revised: 1 June 2021)

Media statement on SOPs and guidance on virtual meetings for listed issuers, available here.

18 January 2021

Announcement on additional temporary relief for listed issuers amid of MCO, available here.

17 February 2021

Media statement on tightened SOPs for capital market participants, available here.

31 May 2021

26.   

Various Land Offices

Announcement on operations of Malaysia Land Offices during MCO, available here. (source: Malaysian Bar Council)

27 January 2021 (Updated: 31 May 2021)

 

For details on the FAQs and publications in relation to the previous Movement Control Order, please see here.

 

More