Factories urged to follow guidelines


Chow (centre) giving the protective surgical robes to Surentharan (blue shirt) at Komtar.

FACTORIES in Penang should follow the guidelines given by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti), said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Chow said Miti had given an exception to companies providing essential services to the people to continue operating.

“Other companies should obey the movement control order (MCO).

“They should not continue their operations and force employees to continue working,” he said at a press conference in Komtar on Tuesday.

Chow also urged Penangites to make personal sacrifices throughout the MCO period so that everyone can come out triumphant against the virus.

“The small sacrifices made by everyone can bring bigger good for the country.

“People should adhere to the MCO, stay at home and take care of personal hygiene. We must do it right the first time.

“If the MCO fails, the Government might need to impose more stringent measures in the future.

“I hope everyone can cooperate so that the MCO through social distancing can reduce Covid-19 cases.”

When asked about some eateries which are still allowing customers to dine at their premises, Chow said people need time to adapt to the MCO.

“I understand there are some weaknesses in the guidelines. We hope the media can highlight the issues to create awareness among the people,” he said.

When asked to comment on the apology made by Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali for mistakenly not inviting Opposition Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers to a special meeting on Covid-19 on Tuesday, Chow said the state would focus on fighting Covid-19 instead.

“This is not a political issue. This is about public health, the fate of Penangites and the future of the country.

“In Penang, we have started our own initiatives to make sure we can fight Covid-19 effectively.

“We give our full support to the state Health Department.

“We will take action to make sure that Penang is safe and people are protected from the virus,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chow represented the state government in presenting 10 boxes of protective equipment consisting of 280 surgical robes to Penang Hospital to protect health frontliners.

He also announced that the state would upload the latest information on the Penang Lawan Covid-19 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/penanglawancovid19.

He said a special webpage – www.PenangLawanCovid19.com – had just been launched to upload all the latest information about the pandemic besides being the state’s existing official channel.

Also present at the presentation of surgical robes were state exco members Phee Boon Poh, Chong Eng, Dr Norlela Ariffin, and Yeoh Soon Hin, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim and Penang Hospital deputy director Surentharan Mathavan.

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