PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) president Denis Low said there will not be a critical shortage of medical gloves in the interim as its members are ramping up production to meet demand.
Low made this statement in response to concerns by World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding a chronic shortages of mask, gowns and medical gloves.
“We are coping well for the moment even though demand has escalated sharply and faster deliveries are sought after by those affected countries, ” said Low.
He added that an official from WHO had contacted MARGMA following a statement on concerns about shortages by its chief, Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus, recently.
“We want to assure the world that Malaysian glove makers are committed to produce much more than it normally could so as to ease the demand. The industry is certainly in an oversold position right now but has not reached a pandemonium yet.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and if the novel coronavirus rampages further, we may have to further tweak the hours and the production lines, ” he said.
Low added that the industry is definitely short of workers and he believed the Malaysian government, through the Ministers of Home Affairs and Human Resources, would play their part to ensure enough workers are made available to the industry.
MARGMA further emphasises that its members do not profiteer and that new prices coming out are only taking into account the added cost of the new minimum wage of RM1,100 to RM1,200 which became effective this month, besides the added cost of extra time and labour required to ramp up the additional quantities.
“Malaysia is a crucial player and we are currently responsible for 63% of the global medical glove requirement or about 220 billion pieces this year. We must certainly deliver in the face of this virus attack on all humanity, ” Low said.
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