Putrajaya Will Deliberate on Decision to Allow Barbers to Reopen

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Barbers’ group disagrees with operating during MCO.

Putrajaya said today it will deliberate on its decision to allow barbers to apply for permits to operate during the movement control order (MCO), based on public feedback.

Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) will review and refine its decision, amid concerns that this would lead to further spread of Covid-19 among the population.


“Miti will study all views by the public Miti will refine the matter,” he said in his daily briefing.

Yesterday, Miti released a new list of industries allowed to operate after earlier announcing that the MCO’s extension, including barbers and hairdressers limited to haircuts.

The state governments of Melaka and Negri Sembilan have since opposed the move, and requested a review of the standard operating procedure.

Others who opposed the move reportedly included the Selangor and Federal Territories Indian Hairstylists Association, and PKR’s Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir.

Selangor and Federal Territories Indian Hairstylists’ Association chairman Ganathiban Murugan said the move was unwise as barbers have to come into close contact with customers.

“How do we keep a safe distance from them? We do not know who has the virus,”   he was quoted as saying, adding that barber shops and salons should not be opened for now.

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“It is the wrong time. When we want to work, we should work without fear.”

Yesterday, the Cabinet decided to allow several additional economic sectors to operate in phases during the MCO, on condition of strict adherence to health and safety guidelines.

Other industries that are allowed to operate are machinery and equipment, aerospace and science, professional and technical services, including research and development (R&D) related to legal practice, oil & gas, and activities related Covid-19.

In addition, registered traditional medicine services, hardware shops, electrical and electronic shops, optometrist shops, barber shops, and full-service laundry shops are allowed to operate.