PETALING JAYA: Workers in the public and private sectors in states under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) involved in management and supervision will be instructed to work from home from Thursday onwards, to reduce the number of workers at premises.
Meanwhile, all workers who have to be on-site for work are to undergo swab tests, with Socso to cover the costs for contributors.
Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this is in view of the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in their respective states and clusters involving workplaces, adding that this will affect some one million employees.
The affected states are Selangor, Sabah and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
“This will apply to around 800,000 workers in industries and, in the civil service, around 200,000. So a total of one million.
“Some still have to go to work because they are not under this category of workers allowed to work from home. So we have also agreed to conduct swab tests on these workers. For Socso contributors, all costs will be borne by Socso,” he said at a press conference today.
Exemptions are given to those whose work requires them to be in the office, including those in finance who make payments, management, enforcement and welfare departments.
He reiterated that this was not an advisory, but an instruction from the government.
He added that the full details on the various jobs affected and the relevant SOPs would be released by the international trade and industry ministry soon.
He said the work from home order will be in effect until the CMCO is over, adding that employers must issue release letters for employees who have to work on-premise during this period.