Following the Government’s announcement of the second Movement Control Order yesterday, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) issued a media statement today with information on the five (5) essential economic sectors allowed to operate during the MCO period in the six (6) affected states (Selangor, Penang, Melaka, Johor, Sabah and the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya).

The five essential economic sectors cover the manufacturing sector under the oversight of MITI, construction, services, trade and distribution sectors, as well as plantations and commodities under the jurisdiction of other ministries and agencies. The professional services sector (which includes the services of the accountancy profession) is among the essential economic sectors that are allowed to operate during the MCO period. The full list of services allowed to operate and other FAQs can be found here.

In line with the objective of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, only 30 percent of employees in the management group are allowed to be in the office. The number of support staff and employees directly involved in the provision of services will be determined by their respective employers, taking into account strict compliance to the SOP. For work that does not require physical attendance, the Work From Home directive will apply.

Employees who are allowed to be at work according to the hours specified by MITI will need to show their work pass or consent letter from their employer, together with the employee pass/employer confirmation letter. They are also required to bring along a copy of the notification provided by the employer together with the employee pass / employer confirmation letter.

To get a copy of the notification, accounting firms are required to register with the MITI database, namely the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) through the link For firms that have registered before, please download the notification of registration confirmation, beginning today, 12 January 2021, at 3.00 pm.

If your firms have yet to register with CIMS, please refer to the Guide to Submit Company Declarations via CIMS 3.0 for further information on the registration.

MIA would like to advise members to comply with the policies and SOPs set by the Government. The Institute will continue to closely monitor the situation, maintain close communication with the relevant authorities and our stakeholders, and notify members of any future developments.


Dr Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan
Chief Executive Officer

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