Auto/component manufacturing, car wash centres to reopen under phase two of the national recovery plan

Auto/component manufacturing, car wash centres to reopen under phase two of the national recovery plan

Automotive and component manufacturing will be permitted to resume production activity when the government eventually announces the transition from phase one to phase two of the national recovery plan (NRP), which is what the movement control order (MCO) will now be known as.

The activity is one of the 11 sectors that will be allowed to resume operation under a pre-approved list that was announced by the government yesterday. In his daily briefing, senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed the 11 sectors (six in manufacturing, five in commercial) that will join the essential sectors already operating currently.

Besides vehicle and component production, car wash centres will be allowed to reopen during phase two. It is one of the five business categories that will resume as part of the widening of commercial sector activities, the others being stationery and book shops, retail businesses involving computer and telecommunications devices, electrical appliances as well as barber shops/hairdressing salons, although the last will only be allowed to perform haircuts. All these will be allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm daily.

The resumption of all these looks to be a little while away. Previously, the full movement control order (FMCO), which began on June 1, was extended to June 28. No date for entry into phase two has been fixed, given that prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reiterated yesterday that the transition to it will only occur when the country meets the exit parameters set under the NRP.

Auto/component manufacturing, car wash centres to reopen under phase two of the national recovery plan

Besides indicators being the demand on intensive care capacity and a 10% vaccination rate in the country, daily cases also have to drop below 4,000, which is not the case at present, with the country recording 5,586 new Covid-19 cases yesterday.

One thing that will not change in phase two will be inter-state and inter-district travel. Ismail Sabri said that all such travel will remain restricted, with the exception of teachers and students needing to travel for the purpose of attending examinations. Exceptions will also be given to long-distance spouses for emergency purposes, but subject to police approval.

As for taxis and ride-hailing services, the number of people in a car will continue to be limited to two (including the driver) in phase two, with the passenger having to sit in the rear, as revised during the FMCO. The capacity for hired cars will only be relaxed to three people when phase three is implemented – this also provides an indication that the capacity rules for passenger vehicles will be relaxed to three in a car in the third phase of the NRP.

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  • Avenger on Jun 28, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Tutup Kilang, Tutup Kilang, Tutup Kilang!!

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    • Before anyone starts, we are still in Phase One so nothing opens yet.

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  • Can’t wait for people to become now expert of those finance, economic, pandemic, virology, infectious diseases, etc and brag on forums.

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  • Walley on Jun 28, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Why the essence worker is not get priority for vaccination first instead of elder? Because they need to work even during fmco. The gov strategy is wrong, give the priority vaccination to the person who always stay at home.

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    • Western Star on Jun 28, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      The government vaccination strategy is in line with those of every other countries that is to prioritise the elderly as they are most vulnerable, this is evident where deathrates are highest in that segment and not with the frontliners, these folks are well aware the precautions they need to take to reduce getting infected and bring infection home but the elderly are unaware, unprepared and unable to survive if they had been infected. That is why WHO recommends vaccinating those with highest risk which are the elders and then to the essential workers, in fact I dare say ours are quite ahead as more than half had gotten 2nd dose and their families too are prioritised to receive 1st dose.
      So if you have a beef to take, go take it with WHO.

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  • Bobby on Jun 28, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    I think Muhyiddin follows Bobby Ang’s YT.

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  • Kenny Tan on Jun 29, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Boleh bagitahu kerajaan supaya kecualikan negeri Selangor dari angka Covid19 nasional kerana tanpa angka dari negeri tu, mmg angka harian bawah 4000 kes sehari. Knp negeri lain turut dan terpaksa tanggung lockdown? Kerajaan nak bagi semua negeri/sektor/peniaga/rakyat mampus? Ketatkan SOP untuk semua negeri yg lain je. Yg kat Selangor tu, tutup/tingkatkan SOP yg lebih ketatlah.

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    • Siapa yg berkerajaan di Selangor? Pakatan Harapan. Diaorang akan dengar Federal Gomen? Jangan harapanlah!

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