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Heineken MCO operation permission revoked — minister

TheEdge Mon, Apr 06, 2020 02:31pm - 1 month ago

KUALA LUMPUR (April 6): The government has revoked the permission given to Heineken M Bhd to operate during the Movement Control Order period, according to Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa. 

“[The permission] has been cancelled this morning, as it was not in line with the policy set up by the government,” Annuar Musa said in a tweet today.

He was responding to a tweet by Umno Youth exco member Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, commonly known as Papagomo, who sought the termination of the approval to operate during the MCO for Heineken M Bhd.

This follows a statement by Heineken on April 5, saying that it has received approval from the government for the brewer to resume limited operations with a minimal number of essential workers in the period. 

theedgemarkets.com has reached out to Heineken for confirmation.

As with other non-essential services, Heineken was previously not allowed to operate during phase 1 of the MCO from March 18 to March 31.

Under phase 2 of the MCO, from April 1 to April 14, a federal gazette signed by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba underlined 10 essential services, from 22 previously, which are: food, water, energy, communications and internet, security and defence, solid waste and public cleansing management and sewerage, healthcare and medical including dietary supplement, banking and finance, e-commerce, and logistics confined to the provision of essential services.

Last night, Heineken said it had received approval from the government for it to resume limited operations with a minimal number of essential workers during the MCO.

Heineken said it will ensure full compliance with the government’s requirements and guidelines during the MCO period.

The brewer on March 24 said it had suspended the operations of its brewery in Petaling Jaya in line with the MCO and that its employees were working from home until March 31.

At the time of writing, Heineken shares were trading up 28 sen or 1.32% at RM21.46, giving it a market capitalisation of RM6.49 billion.

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