Malaysia Implements Movement Control Orders

Oleochem Analytics — A movement control order (MCO) will be in place until at least 26 January in the states of Penang, Selangor, Malacca, Johor and Sabah, and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. The states of Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan are placed under a less stringent conditional MCO, while Perlis and Sarawak are under recovery MCO that only restricts interstate travel.

But the measures could be extended should they fail to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Malaysia has declared a national emergency until 1 August because of rising Covid-19 cases, dealing another blow to the country’s economic recovery.

Restrictions include no travelling between states or districts, roadblocks to limit travel to a 10km radius from home and only takeaways and food deliveries allowed from restaurants.

The plantation and commodity sectors as well as manufacturing, construction, service, trade and distribution can continue running, meaning palm oil mills will still be producing, but there will likely be a slowdown in processing and transport.

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