Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Putrajaya mobilises multiple agencies to monitor workplace SOPs

The home ministry says it has directed all enforcement officers and agencies under its purview to increase operations for monitoring, issuing warnings and taking action against those who defy SOPs.

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Putrajaya today warned that steps would be taken to boost the enforcement of health SOPs at workplaces, ahead of tighter restrictions to kick in tomorrow under the movement control order.

In a statement, the home ministry said it had directed all enforcement offices and agencies under its purview including the police, Rela and the immigration department to step up the number of operations for monitoring, issuing warnings and taking stern action against anyone found to have breached the SOPs.

“Apart from increasing manpower and roadblock operations, monitoring activities will be carried out throughout the country including at business and industry premises, office buildings and residential areas as well as terminals and public transportation stations such as the KTM, LRT, MRT, ERL, KL Monorail and e-hailing services,” it said.

The additional restrictions were announced on Saturday as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, which has seen days of daily infections in the 6,000 range.

Among others, 80% of government staff will have to work from home starting from tomorrow along with 40% of private sector workers.

Businesses meanwhile will only be allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm with the exception of some such as pharmacies which will be able to remain open until 10pm.

More roadblocks will also be set up while public transportation will be limited to 50% of capacity and scheduled at reduced frequencies.

The home ministry said a total of 100,980 personnel from various departments and agencies had been deployed since the start of the MCO.

It urged all quarters to continue complying with SOPs and to cooperate with the measures put in place to check the spread of Covid-19.

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