MCO 2.0: What documents do I need if I have to travel for work?

Jerrica · Jan 13, 2021 05:25 PM

Although there is a 10 km radius travel restriction in place throughout MCO, there are still those who will need to travel for work. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has clarified that all you need is your employer’s confirmation note from MITI’s Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) and your employment pass/letter as proof that you work for the company.

The government has declared a full lockdown from 13 January to 26 January 2021 in 5 states and 3 federal territories; Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan. Travelling has been restricted throughout the country even for states where MCO is not implemented.

But to ensure that the economy can still continue operating, MITI has listed 5 essential economic sectors. With these sectors still in operation, travelling for certain individuals is unavoidable, hence MITI has worked with The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) so these individuals won’t face any difficulties when travelling to work.

Example of the CIMS notification

Where to get the note from CIMS?

According to MITI’s guidelines, all companies that fall within the 5 essential economic sectors will need to register themselves on the CIMS before they are allowed to operate during the MCO. After registering on the system, the company will be issued a note or as MITI knows it as “notification”.

“It is the responsibility of the employer to download the notification of registration confirmation in order to enable the movement of their employees during the MCO period,” said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“Employees of the company who are allowed to be at work according to the specified times are required to bring along a copy of the notification provided by the employer together with the employee pass/employer confirmation letter.”

This also applies to drivers delivering commercial goods. In the event that the delivery requires the driver to travel across states or districts, the driver will need to prepare either their employee pass or employer’s approval letter to avoid getting turned back at roadblocks.

For companies that have registered themselves on the CIMS last year, take note that you will have to reprint the new note from MITI for your employees for the reinstated MCO period.