Sneaky factory ordered to close

Spot check: Police officers involved in ‘Ops Patuh’ visiting a factory in Shah Alam. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

SHAH ALAM: A factory was ordered to close after it was found to be manufacturing non-essential items and workers eating in the cafeteria – both an infringement of Covid-19 standard operating procedure.

The discovery was made during an Ops Patuh raid as large parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur came under a two-week enhanced movement control order that began yesterday.

Ops Patuh, the large-scale multi-agency crackdown on SOP compliance, kicked off nationwide on Friday to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Checks revealed that the factory was only supposed to manufacture parts for medical equipment during this period but it was found to be making non-essential parts at the same time.

Members of the media invited along for the operation also saw a number of workers eating at the cafeteria, which is not permitted under the SOP.

Police immediately ordered the factory to close and send its workers home.

It is learnt that the factory had been raided twice before for similar offences.

Shah Alam deputy OCPD Supt Ramsay Embol said 12 officers and 65 others conducted the operation starting at 9am involving members of the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Shah Alam City Council and Home Ministry.

“We checked 49 premises, a majority of them factories, and issued five compounds of RM10,000 each.

“We also ordered a factory and vehicle service centre to stop work,” he said.

They also issued six RM2,000 compounds to workers for failing to scan the MySejahtera QR code.

In addition, two compounds were issued to a motorist and a passenger for travelling together in a vehicle.

In total, RM66,000 in compounds for non-compliance was given out yesterday, said Supt Ramsay.

“Overall, we observed that the compliance rate within the community in Shah Alam is good with fewer vehicles on the road and fewer people out and about,” he said.

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