Opposition MPs hit out at govt over Miti approval snafu

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It is the second day of the total lockdown but many businesses under the essential services sector still do not have approval letters for travel due to the government’s flip-flop on the application process, said opposition MPs.

“The Home Ministry and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry need to iron out these issues for small businesses under the essential services sector,” said Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin and Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi in a statement today.

The duo said that the change in the application process has affected the operations of small businesses, such as sundry shops and restaurants.

“During the previous MCOs, sundry shops, hypermarkets and restaurants were allowed to operate and did not have to get any approval from Miti.

“But the constant flip-flop by the government has made it harder for these businesses. Worse, now all these businesses are expected to apply through Miti’s CIMS 3.0 system again,” said the MPs.

They said the constant changing of processes has confused many business owners.

“Until now, many sundry shop and restaurant owners (which fall under essential services) have not obtained their approval letters.

“Many of them are now asking if they can operate or have to wait for Miti’s approval.”

The two also urged Senior Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali to work out a plan with enforcement agencies, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, and local governments so these businesses can resume their operations. – TMI