Bosses must inform officials if any worker tests positive

KLANG: Factory and manufacturing plant operators must immediately inform the authorities when their employees test positive for Covid-19, said Selangor lawmakers.

This comes as some factories report Covid-19 cases among their workers.

“They must not try to settle the problem on their own and only inform the authorities when the situation gets out of hand, ’’ said Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.

He said the situation would get out of control if the authorities were not immediately informed.

“The right thing to do would be to hand the premises over to the Health Department and other relevant authorities when even one person tests positive, ’’ he said.

Abdullah Sani expressed concern that local residents living near to hostels and dormitories could end falling sick due to the pandemic if this was not handled immediately and with the utmost urgency.

“This is because the locals in the surrounding areas frequent the same places such as restaurants, grocery shops and other facilities in the neighbourhood, ’’ he said.

Klang MP Charles Santiago said employers must ensure ample space for workers to practise social distancing at the workplace as well as in the hostels.

“There should not be any sharing of beds and all workers must be given their own beds.

“Bathrooms must also not be shared by too many workers and kept very clean at all times, ’’ said Santiago.

He urged the Human Resources Ministry to come down hard on employers who did not meet the standards imposed on hostels and dormitories in line with protective measures initiated after the Covid-19 pandemic took root.

“The government has given specifications on how hostels and dormitories should be but employers have asked for some time.

“Enough time has been given and the government must ensure the formulated accommodation guidelines are implemented with immediate effect, ’’ he added.

Santiago said it was time for the government to compel employers to look for new accommodation which would allow workers to effectively practise social distancing as required under the post-Covid-19 new norms.

“Workplaces must also have ample space so that workers are not forced to be in close proximity with each other, ’’ said Santiago.

Last month, 21 Nepali factory workers living at the Prima Bayu Apartments in Bayu Perdana here tested positive for Covid-19.

The factory, located in Port Klang, has rented seven units of the apartment to house 50 foreign workers.

Recently, latex medical glove manufacturer Top Glove reported Covid-19 positive cases among its foreign workers.

Named the Teratai cluster, the company now has more than 1,000 Covid-19 positive cases.

Meru assemblyman Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar urged the authorities to completely stop all Top Glove operations at the Meru plant where workers had tested positive for Covid-19.

“They have to stop operations because we were informed some workers were allegedly sneaking out of their premises although they are bound by the enhanced movement control order, ’’ he said.

Fakhrulrazi claimed to have seen unverified pictures of such workers circulated by local residents on social media.

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