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Ismail Sabri reiterate that Essential Stores can sell all items in their Premise

Yesterday (5 July), the Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob once again emphasized that all essential stores can sell products that were on their shelves even though those items are deemed non-essential.

According to his statement, there was a confusion where grocery stores and convenience stores, mini markets, and supermarkets continued to seal off the non-essential items in their premise due to the old ruling by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).

The items that were deemed as non-essential and were sealed off previously includes stationery hair products, alcoholic drinks, and even hardware. Nonetheless, this move had sparked public outrage on social media.

The decision was then overruled by the National Security Council (MKN) on 7 June.

Source: Malay Mail

In the statement, he also mentioned that citizens from the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas are allowed to travel outside of the EMCO area to get their vaccination.

According to Malaysiakini, Ismail Sabri said that the permission applies even to those who need to return to their hometown to bring their family members for vaccination, be it in another district or state.

All they need to do is show their MySejahtera appointment and get permission from the police. However, Ismail Sabri said that there will be a limit imposed on the passengers in the vehicle whereby a maximum of 3 people including the driver is allow.

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

He also reminded the public that the operating hours for eateries under the Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) had been extended from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. while for EMCO areas in the Klang Valley, the operation hours remained from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As to facilitate the public to transact with the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the EPF offices within the EMCO areas will be allowed to operate at a 60% capacity from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the other hand, the offices will be allowed to operate with 100% employee capacity.

Lastly, he also announced that Penang will move into the Phase 2 of the NRP starting tomorrow (7 July) after the state achieves the 3 requirements, including number of daily cases below 4,000, 10% of the population vaccinated, and the health system in moderate condition.

Watch the press release here:

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