KUALA LUMPUR: Total economic shutdown in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19 infections should be avoided but employers must play their part, says Alliance for Safety Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said safety at the workplace was paramount, so employers should fully comply with safety
procedures introduced by the Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH) and adhere to the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure (SOP).
“For the economic sector to continue, there must be stricter compliance with both measures.
“DOSH’s safety procedures must go hand in hand with the SOP, including using face masks and hand sanitiser and maintaining physical distancing, ” he said when contacted.
Commenting on a report in The Star yesterday about tightening SOP at sources of infections such as the workplace, Lee said workers must also maintain their discipline in following all measures introduced.
Otherwise, it would be difficult to deal with the pandemic, he said.
Lee was of the view that the business sector would not want a total economic shutdown as it would lead to “disastrous consequences”.
He called on the government and relevant authorities to conduct more screenings, focus on targeted areas and more effective contact tracing instead of shutting down the whole country.
“Those who have been traced must be isolated as an effective quarantine is very important. Everyone is concerned about the spike in Covid-19 cases but being concerned is not enough, ” he said.