The Human Resources Ministry said workers are entitled to their salaries throughout the restriction of movement order currently in effect until March 31. Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan confirmed the matter to Malaysiakini in the form of a graphic that was also retweeted by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. “Throughout the movement control order period, employers must pay workers salaries and related allowances, unless that allowance is related to attendance or travel,” Datuk Seri Saravanan was quoted saying.
In the graphic, Datuk Seri Saravanan was also quoted saying that employers cannot force workers to use annual leave or go on unpaid leave throughout the period. Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Monday that Malaysia will effectively be hitting pause on all non-essential activities for two weeks until March 31 to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus under a nationwide movement control order. This order covers the whole of Malaysia, with a ban on public gatherings including for any religious, sports, social and cultural events except for supermarkets, sundry goods stores, markets and other places selling daily necessities or things that people would need for their day-to-day lives.