PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association (MSIA) has requested the government to allow the semiconductor and electronics industry to operate at 100% workforce capacity after the completion of a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
MSIA president Datuk Seri Wong Siew Hai said in a statement this was because the electrical and electronics industry in Malaysia, particularly the semiconductor ecosystem, had critical cross-industry linkages and applications.
“The supply chain of this industry is highly integrated, be it within its own industry or with other industries, locally and worldwide. The global semiconductor and electronics industry play a critical role in the global economy and the supply of vital components for medical devices, critical infrastructure, and equipment vital to health care, ” Wong said.
The statement by MSIA pointed out that several MSIA member companies had completed their first vaccination dose and started administering the second dose yesterday.
Texas Instruments Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur was selected as the pilot company for an on-site vaccine dispensing centre under the public-private partnership Covid-19 industry immunisation programme or Pikas. It saw a total of 2, 371 employees receiving their first dose from June 16.
“Similarly, Micron Memory and 20 participating companies in Penang with a total headcount of 16, 402 have completed their first dose, ” Wong said.
MSIA also said that there are four more Pikas vaccination centres that have commenced vaccinations in Negri Sembilan, Penang and Sarawak.