The list of economic and essential service sectors allowed to operate throughout the lockdown was announced earlier today and it will be effective from June 1 to June 14, 2021. AMCHAM will continue to work closely with MITI and the other Ministries in order to bring you the most up-to-date information.

Social & Economic Activities Allowed to Operate

The following are the list of services allowed to operate during the lockdown period:

  1. Food and beverage, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medicine, including supplements, self-care and animal clinics, and veterinary services
  3. Water
  4. Energy
  5. Security and safety, defense, emergency, welfare, and humanitarian assistance
  6. Solid waste management and public cleaning and sewerage
  7. Transportation through land, water, and/or air
  8. Services and operations of ports, shipyards and airports – including loading, lattice transportation, cargo handling and piloting, and storage or bulk commodity
  9. Communications – including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for purpose of conveying information, news and the like only)
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful, and capital markets
  11. Community credit
  12. E-Commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply, and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotel and accommodation for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, work for the essential services and not tourism
  15. Critical construction, maintenance, and repairs
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services

List of Manufacturing and Manufacturing-Related Services Sectors Allowed to Operate

Only the following manufacturing sectors are allowed to operate during the lockdown period with 60% of the workforce.

  1. Aerospace including maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials
  4. Personal care products and cleaning supplies
  5. Healthcare and medical care including dietary supplements
  6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including rubber gloves, and fire safety equipment
  7. Medical equipment components
  8. Electrical and Electronics
  9. Oil and Gas, including petrochemical and petrochemical products
  10. Chemical products
  11. Machinery and equipment
  12. Textiles for manufacturing of PPE only
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply, and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Manufacturers in sectors allowed only for warm idle mode are also required to download the MITI approval letter via CIMS 3.0 and subject to a maximum workforce capacity of 10%.

Listed below are the sectors under the warm idle mode:

  • Automotive (vehicles and components)
  • Iron and Steel
  • Cement
  • Glass
  • Ceramics

Please Take Note

Please note that effective Sunday, 30 May 2021, 8.00pm manufacturing companies that have already registered with CIMS 3.0 are required to download the new MITI approval letter and where necessary, update their workers’ list.

Companies that are already registered in CIMS 3.0 are not required to re-apply and can proceed to download the approval letter to operate starting 8.00 pm, May 31, 2021. For companies that have yet to register, can submit their application from 8.00 am, 1 June 2021. Detailed information on the registration procedure in CIMS 3.0 (via the link) can be accessed through With this latest development, the movement of workers for these sectors can be supported with :

i. CIMS 3.0 letter from MITI; and
ii. Letter of employment from the employer OR employee pass.

Trade and Distribution

Please note that shopping malls will be closed, however, shops that fall under essentials such as supermarkets, hypermarkets, food outlets, and basic necessities will be allowed to remain open. These include:
  1. Pharmacies, personal care, convenience stores, and mini-marts
  2. Restaurants, food outlets, and stalls including those operating by the roadside open for take-away and delivery purposes only
  3. Pet care and pet food stores
  4. Glasses and optical stores
  5. Laundry shops including self-service laundry premises
  6. Hardware shops
  7. E-Commerce for all products
  8. Wholesale and distribution only for all essential service products
The permitted businesses and services are allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm. For those listed below, the operating hours vary:
  • Daily and public markets are from 6am to 2pm.
  • Controlled Fresh Markets: 7am until 12pm
  • Permanent Farmers’ Market, MyFarm Outlet, and Area Farmers’ Association Complexes: 6am until 4pm
  • Wholesale markets: 12.01am until 6am and 11am until 4pm.
  • Petrol stations: 6am until 8pm
  • Petrol stations along the highway are allowed to operate 24 hours daily

Additional Restrictions

  • Only 20% of the civil workforce are allowed to be in the office.
  • Only 1.5 million workers a day across Malaysia will be allowed to travel for work-related purposes under new restrictions. New requests to travel for work must be directed to their respective ministries.
  • The public is only allowed to leave the house to buy food and medicine. Only two per household, similar to MCO 1.0
  • Kindergartens and nurseries are not allowed to open except for frontliners and parents who are both working.
  • Religious activities are determined by religion state authorities
  • Individual non-contact sports are allowed (jogging and aerobics) up to 8pm.

A detailed list of activities prohibited/limited will be released soon.

Further information will be available on the NSC and Ministry websites. Each Ministry will have its own SOP.

FAQs on the Strengthened Nationwide MCO 3.0

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has released a set of FAQs pertaining to the recent announcement of the nationwide strengthening of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0. Questions cover business activities and economic sectors permitted to operate, detailed answers on workforce capacity, business types, and more. The FAQs can be found here

MITI Hotlines

The MITI hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

  • For enquiries pertaining to the Manufacturing Sector and its Related Services, please email [email protected]
  • To make a report/complain regarding non-compliance to SOPs, please email [email protected]

Regarding technical issues for CIMS 3.0, please email [email protected]