Perlis, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang will be among the first states in Malaysia to transition into Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting from today.

In a joint press conference on Saturday, the National Security Council together with the Ministry of Finance, announced the five states are allowed to progress into the next NRP phase once they have met their respective threshold indications such as 10% of the population being vaccinated and a low number of daily cases per 100,000 population.

“We should reward those who can meet the thresholds and continue to motivate other states to achieve the targets set for their respective states,” said YB Senator Tengku Zafrul, who is also the NRP Coordinating Minister.

Last week, the National Security Council has added more economic sectors that will be allowed to operate, such as automotive, furniture, iron and steel and cement manufacturing sectors.

“Car wash centres, computer and telecommunications, electrical appliances retailers and stationery will also be in the positive list,” YB Datuk Ismail said, but hair salons were only allowed to offer basic haircuts. These sectors can operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The green light to restart the automotive sector in Pahang will also greatly benefit vehicle assembly plants in the state, where Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia and Isuzu Malaysia have plants in Pekan.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has plans to introduce a range of new CKD models this year including a compact SUV. The plant also exports the current-generation W205 C-Class to the Philippines.

Take a look at this exclusive tour of how Mercedes-Benz Malaysia assembles its cars!

The ministry also elaborated on the opening of morning and farmers market, where operation hours are only limited between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. with only six main items be on sale- vegetables, fruits, groceries, processed chicken, meat and seafood.

‘Pasar malam’ or night market, weekend markets and “tamu” will remain closed.

Social activities are still strictly disallowed during Phase Two, with interstate and inter-district travel remain off-limits except for students facing examinations and teachers.