The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) is not solely responsible for approving all travel permits, with other ministries similarly accountable, said minister Mohamed Azmin Ali today.
Faced with criticism over the lagging CIMS system, approval delays and even questions as to what kind of total lockdown the government was implementing when so many approvals were issued, he said a number of ministries were responsible for approving travel permits for companies and workers in essential businesses under their respective jurisdictions.
“Miti is not the sole decider on whether a business sector is considered an essential service.
“The approval letters to operate (during the lockdown) are not only issued by Miti after receiving approval from the relevant ministries using the CIMS 3.0, but there are also approvals issued by other ministries,” the minister said in a statement today.
As of 7.30am today, a total of 586,308 companies and 10.2 million workers have registered with CIMS 3.0.
Of this, letters of approval to operate have been issued through CIMS to 128,150 companies, covering 1.57 million workers nationwide.
Azmin said Miti acknowledged complaints and accusations that the CIMS portal had been compromised, granting approval for non-essential companies to operate during the lockdown. – TMI