Companies told to be vigilant after spike in cases


GEORGE TOWN: Factories in the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone (FTZ) should be on guard and take the necessary steps to contain the spread of Covid-19, says a state executive councillor.

State Trade and Industry and Entrepreneurial Development Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said the reminder was due to several Covid-19 cases reported there over the last two weeks.

“All companies should take stringent measures to ensure standard operating procedures are adhered to at all times.

“They should tighten the movement of workers and allow them to work from home if possible.

“The management should also monitor their movement outside the factory premises, especially at workers’ hostels and dormitories, ” he said.

Abdul Halim, who is Batu Maung assemblyman, said contact tracing at these places should be made available to break the chain of infection.

“If needed, the management should contact the district Health Department for assistance, ” he said.

Separately, Invest Penang, the state’s non-profit entity on investment opportunities and facilities, said manufacturers must accept the new norm even though it had disrupted their businesses.

Commenting on reports that a number of companies have stopped their operations to carry out sanitisation and screening due to positive Covid-19 cases, Invest Penang executive director Datuk Seri Lee Kah Choon said breaking the chain of infection was of utmost importance.

“This needs the cooperation of all the companies in the FTZ, ” Lee said.

There are about 700 companies there with about 200,000 workers, mostly multinational entities.

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