Plantation Ministry plans to vaccinate 5,000 Selangor oil palm estate workers soon


PETALING JAYA: Plans are in the pipeline to vaccinate about 5,000 workers in oil palm plantation estates in Selangor in a pilot project coordinated by the Plantation and Commodities Ministry, under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).

Its Minister Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (pic) said the pilot project will be carried out soon to help the government realise goals in the National Recovery Plan.

“The Ministry will ensure that the plan will meet its objectives fast,” he said in a statement on Saturday (June 19).

However, it is understood that details of the plan have yet to be made known.

The four-phase National Recovery Plan is a roadmap to fully reopen all sectors of the economy affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Khairuddin said the Ministry also plans to work with the International Trade and Industry Ministry to launch the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) for other subsectors in the commodities sector.

Separately, Khairuddin said the furniture making and the wood products supply chain subsectors are allowed to operate during lockdown to meet the needs of healthcare facilities dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic such as hospitals, vaccination centres, quarantine centres, low-risk Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres, and other Covid-19 treatment centres.

He said the National Security Council has also allowed loading and unloading of existing deliveries and stocked cargo at factories and warehouses to carry on for export purposes.

“These activities can only be carried out between 8am and 8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

He added that he has instructed the relevant agencies to ensure all subsectors in the industry comply with Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP).

He also pledged to make sure all subsectors in the commodities sector that are allowed to operate will comply with the set SOP after conducting a snap check on a furniture factory in Banting, Selangor on Thursday (June 17).
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