Malaysia mandates fortnightly COVID-19 tests for workers

Employees who need to be present at workplaces must undergo fortnightly RTK Antigen tests approved by the health ministry.
By: | August 18, 2021

The international trade and industry ministry (Miti) said this regulation comes on top of the current existing SOPs to curb the spread of the virus at workplaces, adding that the test can be done through approved self-test kits or at health facilities. 

“Current SOPs, such as physical distancing and the use of face masks, are still applicable and mandatory for companies. The government would like to remind companies to follow the SOPs. Legal action, including compounding or suspension of company operations, may be taken against them for non-compliance,” the ministry said in a statement. 

Caretaker Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had earlier announced that 11 types of economic activities had been allowed to resume under Phase One of the national recovery plan which started on August 16, with additional SOPs imposed on clothing, fashion and accessory stores, jewellery stores as well as barbershops and beauty centres/salons. 

Companies in the manufacturing sector would need to make an official declaration on the number of employees who are fully vaccinated in the COVID-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 system, after which they may download the new operating approval letter, Miti said.

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The vaccination rate of employees will be audited by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force, under the science, technology and innovation ministry.  In addition, the ministry will carry out periodic verification visits to ensure that the SOPs are adhered to in the manufacturing sector, according to Free Malaysia Today.