What are the essential services sectors?

As announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin on 11/01/2021, Movement Control Order 2.0 (MCO 2.0) will be implemented in the states of Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, starting from 13 Jan 2021 until 26 Jan 2021. He has mentioned that five essential economic sectors are allowed to operate during the enforcement of MCO.

The next day, on 12/01/2021, a list of essential services that are allowed to operate during the enforcement of the MCO has been released by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).


  1. Aerospace including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
  2. Automotive manufacturing and after-sales services
  3. Food, beverage and its chain of supply
  4. Packaging and printing
  5. Household items, personal care products (fast-moving consumer goods – soap, personal care products and others) and cleaning supplies and its chain of supply
  6. Healthcare and medicine including dietary supplements
  7. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and fire safety equipment
  8. Medical components
  9. Electrical and eletronics
  10. Oil and gas
  11. Petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  12. Chemical products
  13. Machinery and equipment
  14. Ceramics (ceramic as material in glove making)
  15. Metal and steel
  16. Textile (for those involved in PPE supply)
  17. Furniture sector; and
  18. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants


  1. Critical maintenance and repair work
  2. Major public infrastructure construction works; and
  3. Construction works for buildings that provide complete accommodation at construction sites or workers housed in the Central Labour Quarters (CLQ)


  1. Financial services and its chain of supply:
    – Registered and licensed financial institutions; and
    – Capital market entities licensed or registered under Securities Commission Malaysia.
  2. Municipal and local government services:
    – Pawnshops/community credit (Licensed moneylenders)
    – Solid waste/sewerage management
    – Public cleaning; and
    – Premises cleaning and sanitation
  3. Telecommunication and digital infrastructure including ICT services and global business services (GBS)
  4. E-commerce and its supply chain including e-marketplace services, digital payments and local e-commerce internet centres
  5. Hotels and lodging
  6. Agriculture, fishery and livestock sectors, including veterinary services
  7. Utilities (water and power)
  8. Professional services (including accountants, lawyers, auditors, engineers, architects, scientific (including R&D) and technical (including maintenance)
  9. Security services
  10. Security and defence
  11. Land, air and sea transport; and
  12. Port, dock and airport services, including cargo loading and unloading, shipping, storage or commodity shipping

Logistics Businesses:

  1. Warehousing and logistics
  2. Food and beverage services, sales and delivery; and
  3. Retail/distribution/wholesale

Agriculture and Commodities:

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and its supply chain; and
  2. Plantations and commodities and their supply chains.


  1. Any service, work, industry and business as determined by the Minister of Health after consultation with the authorities regulating the service, work, industry and business.

You may click here to download the official announcement by MITI for more information about the essential services sector.

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