KUALA LUMPUR | The business operation approval letter obtained via the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) is no longer needed.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister (KPDNHEP) Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said since all distribution and retail sectors have been allowed to operate fully, the letter is now considered obsolete.

However, he said business operators are still bound by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) fixed by the National Security Council (NSC).

“The National Recovery Plan (NRP) SOPs still apply especially to states under Phase 2 and 3.

“The ministry’s enforcement on SOP compliance will continue through Ops Samar to ensure that business premises and the public comply with the SOPs that have been set to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said in a statement today.

He also reminded consumers to continue observing the SOPs and not to be complacent with the relaxation given.

“This is important in helping the country to reopen the economy as well as to live in the endemic phase safely or ‘Reopening Safely’ period,” he added.

The ministry welcomes the government’s move to lift the interstate ban to boost the country’s economic recovery, especially the domestic economy together with the distribution and retail sectors.

He said that the distribution trade sector contributed 16 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with RM311.6 billion sales value in the second quarter of 2021.