MCO relaxed for palm oil, rubber producers

The government has allowed the harvest of fresh palm fruit bunches by plantation companies and smallholders.

PETALING JAYA: The National Security Council (MKN) is relaxing the movement control order (MCO) for palm oil and rubber producers.

In a statement, Plantations and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the government understood the importance of the palm oil and rubber industries in the supply chain for essential products, including cooking oil, medical gloves and catheters.

Following a Cabinet meeting this morning, and with the approval of MKN, the ministry gave some exemptions to the plantations and commodities industries.

These include allowing the harvest of fresh palm fruit bunches (FFB) by plantation companies and smallholders and the processing of FFB by millers.

“(The ministry will also) allow the processing of crude palm oil at refineries for the production of cooking oil to fulfil market demands,” he said.

Rubber tapping to ensure the supply of raw materials for medical items will also be permitted, as will timber sector activities to fulfil existing contracts.

“All parties involved in these activities must abide by Covid-19 preventive and control measures including minimising their work force, social distancing and ensuring their employees return home straight after work.”

The country enters the second day of the MCO today in a bid to control the spread of Covid-19. To date, 790 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Malaysia, with two deaths recorded.