Covid-19: Car workshops allowed to operate during Movement Control Order, says NSC

The nationwide Movement Control Order announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to control the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) begins today 18 March 2020 and spans 14 days till the end of 31 March 2020.

All non-essential services are ordered to cease operations during this period. However, Malaysia National Security Council (NSC) have just released clearer guidelines regarding the restricted movement and it involves a list of non-essential services being allowed to operate during this period.

In NSC’s release, Vehicle Repairs (Pembaikan Kenderaan) are now allowed to operate but with minimal contact during this period. This involves business providing vehicle repair and towing services.

NSC’s announcement comes a day after car companies confirmed that their service centres will be closed for 2 weeks to abide by the Movement Control Order.

This information contradicts with the earlier announcement (17 March 2020) of Movement Control Order which was imposed under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and Police Act 1967. The latter requires all non-essential services (vehicle workshops, hotels) to be closed for business, operators who do not comply will face fine and jail time.

At the moment, car manufacturers will continue to shut their operations and brace for a steep decline in new car sales. There is also a concern that workshop personnel have already balik kampung even though they're advised against it.

Who can blame them when every new announcement made by the Perikatan National Government raises more questions than answers.