KUALA LUMPUR: Rubber glove importers globally need to stay vigilant of fraudsters claiming to offer any quantities of medical glove and at ridiculous prices during this difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic spreading, Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) president Denis Low said.
He said the buyers were encouraged to counter-check with the direct manufacturers or MARGMA since the association had recently received over a dozen reports from its members which discovered frauds and fake agents claiming to represent their respective companies for the glove supplies.
"Some members reported that fake company letters were produced to appoint bogus agents while others were prompted by customers as quoted prices soared higher and promised of delivery timeline were cut short.
"As global glove demand continues to spike due to the overwhelming pandemic, fraudsters and scammers quickly emerged and are harming both the genuine sellers and buyers in the industry,” he said in a statement.
MARGMA is urging buyers from both local and International markets not to fall prey to such fraudsters and scammers.
All buyers are encouraged to check the MARGMA website http://www.margma.com.my/ordinarymembers/ to ascertain the genuineness of the manufacturers they are dealing with or email email@example.com should there be any doubt.
Meanwhile, MARGMA has assured the world that the industry is doing its best to meet the global demand for the supply of medical gloves.
"The industry players are also working within new operating guidelines and abide by the stringent social compliances as manifested in the Industry Code of Conduct on Social Compliance for good governance of its workforce and the environment.
"Workers safety and welfare are being monitored critically to ensure a very conducive and rewarding workplace environment for all strata of employees in the industry,” Low added.
MARGMA members, majority of whom are members of SEDEX, one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, are working to improve working conditions in global supply chains covering labour, health and safety, environment and business ethics.
In the first quarter of 2020, export of gloves amounted to approximately 53 billion pieces. For 2020, MARGMA estimated world consumption to reach 330 billion pieces of gloves and Malaysia is expected to provide some 220 billion pieces. - Bernama