‘Lack of information on safe work bubble for manufacturing sector’


By VENESA

Azmin (second from right) says the Safe Work Bubble would reduce disruptions when Covid-19 cases are detected in factories. — Filepic

BUSINESS groups in Johor hope the government will engage with them so they will better understand the Safe Work Bubble initiative.

Johor Baru Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Low Kueck Shin said while it was a good initiative, the lack of information on the matter could cause some to miss out on the opportunity.

“The government has introduced dozens of incentives and assistance since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year.

“However, some missed out on these programmes as they were not clear of the conditions they needed to fulfil as well as the procedures required, ” he said.

Low added that the best way to engage with industry players was through dialogue and town hall sessions in different languages.

“I believe that will help ensure businesses really benefit from these programmes, ” he said.

Low noted that the tax exemption for eligible companies could greatly assist them in dealing with the effects of the pandemic.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had announced that the government was introducing the Safe Work Bubble for the manufacturing sector to allow close contacts of Covid-19 patients to continue working until they are declared free from the disease.

He said the initiative would reduce any disruption in operations when Covid-19 cases are detected in a factory.

“Otherwise they will have to cease operations, ” Azmin was quoted as saying, adding that some workers might even lose their jobs when there is no production.

Companies which take part in the initiative will be eligible for a RM50,000 tax exemption, with firms able to register for the initiative, which is voluntary, from April 1.

Meanwhile, Johor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary Datuk K. Krishnan said it was important for the relevant parties to have detailed information.

“They need to first know the standard operating procedure they have to adhere to before deciding whether or not participating in the Safe Work Bubble is feasible, ” he pointed out.

Krishnan noted that the RM50,000 tax incentive may not be enough to cover the cost of adhering to the SOP under the Safe Work Bubble.

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