Businesses looking to operate during phase one of National Recovery Plan must have a CIMS-approved letter.

[On 6 July 2021, this story is updated with MITI's latest update (4 July) on CIMS for Phase One and Two of the National Recovery Plan]

Malaysia’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) took to its social media account to highlight updates about the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0. In it, the ministry shared about CIMS-approved letters and CIMS updates for certain businesses.

According to its Facebook post, the ministry announced that only those businesses with CIMS-approved letter to operate, from 1 June 2021, are allowed to operate during phase one of the country’s National Recovery Plan.

Otherwise, businesses that want to operate have to re-apply via CIMS which “each application is processed by different ministries and agencies”, as highlighted by MITI.

In parallel to this, in a separate Facebook post, MITI informed employers that there are CIMS application updates, in specific for those who are working as:

  • An e-commerce business
  • A wholesaler
  • A distributor
  • A retailer
  • A restaurant/café owner

MITI said: “Refer to The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs’ portal (Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri Dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna, or KPDNHEP) to get the updates on your CIMS application.”

Business operators are to strictly abide by this regulation, especially after the Malaysian government provided the latest update about the nation’s National Recovery Plan.

As it stands, according to Senior Minister Ismail Sabri’s listing of a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs), in phase one of the National Recovery Plan, all social and economic activities are not allowed to operate except essential sectors listed in the 'permitted' list issued by the National Security Council (NSC/MKN).

On Sunday (4 July), MITI provided another update on its social media account. The announcement said that "The current CIMS 3.0 letter can be used by companies in sectors allowed to operate while the system is being configurated." This applies to all companies in the sectors that are allowed to operate in Phase One and Two of the National Recovery Plan.

Image/Malaysia's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Facebook

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