Free trade zone takes urgent action to stem Covid-19 infections


Port Klang Authority (PKA) in collaboration with Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ), Northport and Westport, has issued several notices outlining urgent action to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is to ensure port and logistics operations continue uninterrupted.

PKFZ has been coping with the Covid-19 outbreak since early November after several cases were detected among foreign workers in various industries in Pulau Indah, Port Klang.

As of Nov 24,55 workers employed at PKFZ premises tested positive for Covid-19, including four local employees.

Affected premises were closed temporarily with sanitisation efforts intensified before operations could resume. Affected workers were also given treatment.

All positive cases were immediately reported to the Health Ministry. PKFZ also carried out contact tracing and immediate home quarantine of suspected close contacts.

PKFZ management is strictly complying with National Security Council’s standard operating procedures (SOP) during the conditional movement control order.

These include compulsory Covid-19 testing for all foreign workers within PKFZ.

Only foreign workers who tested negative are allowed to enter the port to resume work.

Currently, the workers’ living quarters, located outside PKFZ, are cleaned and disinfected twice a day.

In addition, foreign workers, who tested negative for Covid-19 and residing in areas with a large number of reported positive cases, were required to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine under the supervision of their employers.

They can only enter PKFZ to resume work if the second test done on the 13th day is negative.

All PKFZ frontliners are tested and subjected to strict workplace SOP to avoid infections.

In a statement, PKFZ said positive cases were identified early before infections could spread further.

It said all Covid-19 cases reported in PKFZ were about workers living in quarters outside their workplace.

As a result, it said PKFZ was operating and functioning with minimal disruptions to the services provided to its tenants.

It said PKFZ would remain vigilant and continue taking all required measures to ensure the safety of its tenants, their principals, cargo owners, service providers and employees.

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