E-hailing workers have to go for health tests during MCO

ismail defence minister

PUTRAJAYA APRIL 17: “Every worker in 41 e-hailing services company including restaurant riders will have to undergo health tests during the Movement Control Order (MCO) that ends on April 28,.” said Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob here today.

Ismail who is also Minister of Defence said the Ministry of Transport will issue the instruction to all the e-hailing companies while for the fast food restaurants, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will issue the same directive.

“For the remote and rural areas, where e-hailing companies are not available, the food entrepreneurs can use the delivery services of others or as an individual.

“The food riders have to be registered with the local authority (PBT) and they should also do health tests in the Government Health Clinics or private clinics. This is to ensure that the safety of all parties including the customers is secured,” said Ismail in a press conference here today.

He added, the government would like to stress again that all stalls and Ramadan Bazaar operating in groups are not permitted.

Regarding the issue alleging the police have no authority to remand MCO offenders that has been viral in the social media, Ismail said, the police have acted according to Section 3.1 Act 342, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 1988, that says the Minister of Health can appoint anybody suitable to be officer with authority to detain those who does not comply with MCO.

 However in Section 3.2 he said, an officer is given the authority to act in the authorised field and responsibility under the act and they are civil servants following the interpretation of the Penal Code (Act 574).

On MCO compliance, Ismail said, the police have detained 1,057 individuals for defying the Order and this include 906 have been remanded and 151 individuals are on police bails.

Meanwhile, 622 individuals have been charged in the courts for not complying with the MCO. The cumulative total of detentions is 12,074 as of April 16.

Ismail also highlighted that 766 citizens have returned to Malaysia and until April 16 there are 185 Quarantine Centres in operation where 16,391 are undergoing the compulsory quarantine process. –Malaysia World News

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