Miti appeals to manufacturing sector to help curb Covid-19 to keep economy open, Eurocham tells members

PETALING JAYA: The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) has appealed to all foreign and local companies to help reduce Covid-19 infections and break the chain of infections in order to continue keeping the economy open for business, says the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Eurocham).

Eurocham, in a letter to its members on Sunday (Jan 24), said that its CEO Sven Schneider attended a meeting with Miti, represented by its secretary-general Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali, on the evening of Jan 22 to discuss Covid-19 infections involving workers in the manufacturing sector.

The statement noted that the preliminary outcome of the meeting involved the sector needing to take action to minimise community movement and social activities, such as companies being required to assign at least one human resources personnel to manage and coordinate foreign workers staying in dormitories.

"Companies are requested to also take responsibility in cases where foreign worker management or housing have been outsourced to employment agencies.

"There have been cases where poor housing conditions or transportation compliance by the agent has led to rising infections," it noted.

Eurocham added that companies are also requested to establish basic quarantine spaces at the workers' dormitories that suspected cases, close contacts and confirmed Covid-19 cases can be isolated or quarantined immediately and reduce the spread of infections.

"Workers staying at home with family may also be offered to stay at company quarantine facilities, if they and close contacts are suspected or tested positive," it said.

Eurocham said it encourages its members to work towards reducing infections, breaking the chain of infections and keeping the economy open.

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