THIRTY-SEVEN factories including a bread manufacturer in Klang district have been ordered to shut down due to Covid-19 cases, failure to follow standard operating procedures (SOP) and the need to improve the living conditions of worker’s dormitories.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said the 37 factories must be temporarily shut down for thorough sanitisation and swab test to be conducted on workers.
“These 37 factories are located in three areas - Pulau Indah, Bandar Sultan Suleiman in Port Klang and Meru. We are forced to close the factories for one week in a bid to stop the Covid-19 cases from escalating. Other than that, we want certain factories to improve the living conditions of worker’s dormitories, ” he said.
“It could be seen as a tough measure being imposed but our council’s Health Department had advised the strict steps, if not infections could spiral and the matter could be worse as it might demand a total lockdown and this would cause factories to suffer more.
“Our Health officers had carried out random checks at 104 factories and 37 had flouted the SOPs, not only at the working areas but at the worker’s dormitories. More checks at other factories will be carried out as our Health officers need to engage the owners to ensure SOPs are followed, ” he said.
MPK’s Health Department director Azmi Muji said the council will continue with random checks under Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988), as the council is concerned with the living conditions of workers within the factory compound.
Fadzli added that high standards of hygiene at the dormitories are important especially toilets which must be clean at all times.