The Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia has issued “Garis Panduan Bagi Mengendalikan Isu-Isu Berhubung Penularan Wabak Covid-19 di Tempat Kerja” (the “Guidelines”) on 16 March 2020 following the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and its various implications especially, in the field of employment. 

The Guidelines illustrated the rights of employees under the the Movement Control Order issued in lieu of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.

Employees who are under the quarantine period cannot be compelled to use annual leave during this time as annual leave is an employee's right by the virtue of sections 60F
[1] and 60E (1B)[2] of the Employment Act 1955.

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[1] Sick leave
[2] Where an employee who is on paid annual leave becomes entitled to sick leave or maternity leave while on such annual leave, the employee shall be granted the sick leave or the maternity leave, as the case may be, and the annual leave shall be deemed to have not been taken in respect of the days for which sick leave or maternity leave is so granted