Lifting of restrictions will be carried out in phases, says minister

Izah Azahari

Despite the gradual lifting of social restrictions in several ASEAN and European countries, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar reminded the public to remain vigilant.

“We have a small population to watch over, and to us everyone is precious. So the lifting of restrictions will be carried out in phases,” he said.

“Even though these restrictions will be reduced or loosened, the business continuity plan (BCP) must remain in place.

“The BCP isn’t limited to employees working from home (WFH), but also other methods such as working in groups and so on, which can work in the event that an infection occurs in one of the employees and the entire company does not have to be closed or isolated.

“The BCP means that you must ensure your department, company or ministry is still functioning should anything happen.”

The minister said companies or ministries attempting to reduce WFH should also consider the type of BCP being carried out and whether it is done at the right time.

“The government will not compel companies or ministries to create a BCP to conform to the government’s needs, as each are different in their functions and are more aware of what is right for them,” he said.

“What is important is that their operations must be organised.”