Carlsberg, Heineken factories directed to stop production immediately – Ismail

Heineken malaysia suspended

PUTRAJAYA APRIL 6: Two beer factories, Heineken and Carlsberg were directed by the government to stop their operation immediately today, said Minister of Defence and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail said, the special cabinet meeting that was held here this morning had decided to cancel the permit letter for production to these two beer factories.

“The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will issue the letter of cancellation to the permission to these beer factories immediately,” Ismail said in a press conference here today.

“We made the decision that the approval would be cancelled at a special Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said.

Ismail said the decision was made following the response from the public including the media that had highlighted these two beer factories were in operation amidst the Movement Control Order (MCO) that allows only essential food and commodity to be produced during the enforcement.

Relating to some businesses including mechanic shops to operate within the time permitted in Selangor, Ismail said, under the MCO the question of business operations is under the control of the National Security Council and not the local council at the state level.

“I hope all decisions made by the state should synchronise with what have been decided by the Federal Government and the Ministry of Health,” warned Ismail.

On Malaysian citizens who are working in Singapore that has enforced a lockdown order recently, Ismail said the joint ministerial committee consisting of Minister of Foreign Affairs from both countries and the Human Resource Ministers will decide on a new condition and will be announced tomorrow.

Elaborating on that he added, earlier the agreement was that only those with COVID-19 negative that has been confirmed by Singapore could enter Malaysia. However the agreement has changed according to the latest development in Singapore.

 Regarding a Rohingya ship that has landed in Langkawi Island this morning, Ismail said, the government will give assistance whenever possible.

Reporting on the MCO compliance, Ismail said, on Sunday (April 5) 554 individuals were detained at roadblocks and police patrols and this brings an increase of 51% as compared to four days ago.

From the total number detained, 489 were remanded and 65 were on bail besides 213 have been charged in the courts.

“From March 18 when MCO started to be enforced until yesterday, 6,048 individuals have been detained for not complying the MCO,” he added.

The minister added, since the 14 days quarantine is enforced on all Malaysians coming from abroad and foreign visitors entering the country effective on April 3, about 6,698 have been quarantined in 118 centres throughout the country.

Ismail said, from the feedback received, the people are happy and comfortable in the centres where they are quarantined. –Malaysia World News


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