Face-to-face job interviews and meetings now allowed

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob  addresses the media during a press conference in Putrajaya. -BERNAMA picSenior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob addresses the media during a press conference in Putrajaya. -BERNAMA pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Face-to-face job interviews as well as meetings, seminars, workshops, courses, training sessions and conferences are now allowed to be held, subject to strict compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this applies to both the private and public sector involving ministries, government department and agencies.

He said this was agreed upon by the ministers’ special meeting on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) held on Monday.

“Prior to this (during the MCO and Conditional MCO), job interviews were done via online platforms such as teleconferencing and video conferencing.

“The ministers’ special meeting on Monday examined the applications from various ministries and agencies to conduct face-to-face interviews and had agreed to it. This is also applicable to the private sector,” he said at a press conference today.

The Defence Minister said the Public Service Commission (PSC) will prepare the SOPs for the the face-to-face interview process, which will be reviewed by the Health Ministry and National Security Council and subject to the Prime Minister’s Department’s approval.

The approved SOP, he said, would be used for reference by all ministries and agencies as well as private companies in conducting the interview process.

Ismail Sabri further said the ministers’ meeting had also agreed to allow the public and private sector to hold meetings, seminars, workshops, courses, training sessions, and conferences.

The approval, he said, would be subject to the various SOPs, which among others states that the maximum number of participants is 250 and there is at least a one-metre gap among one another.

“However, this depends on the capacity and space of the venue. If it is a smaller space, then the number will be smaller to ensure social distancing is practised at all times.

“Other SOPs include washing hands with soap and using hand sanitisers, and participants are encouraged to wear face masks and they must all download the MySejahtera application to scan the QR code during registration.

“Food and drinks must be pre-packed and buffet dining is not allowed. Events are only allowed to be held at the green zones and disallowed at Enhanced MCO areas.

“Besides, any patient under investigation (PUI) and person under surveillance (PUS) for Covid-19 are not permitted to attend the events,” he added.

By Tharanya Arumugam.

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