M&E sectors: Let us reopen before we collapse

PETALING JAYA: The mechanical and electrical (M&E) sectors are at a “breaking point”, says Malaysia Council of Mechanical and Electrical Association (MCMEA) chairman Michelle Hah.

She said the supply chain of these sectors had been impacted.

“We are very concerned about a collapse of the entire value chain as certain sectors are allowed to operate but the manufacturing, supply chain and maintenance sectors are not allowed to operate, which is causing disruption,” she said in a letter of appeal to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The letter was made available to the media yesterday.

MCMEA comprises the Malaysia Building Automation System Association, Malaysian Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Association, Malaysian Lift and Escalator Association, Malaysian Fire Protection Association, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Plumbing Association and Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia.

It has about 3,000 member companies that employ more than 100,000 workers.

Hah said they provided equipment and service for a wide range of sectors, but they had not been able to obtain approval to operate since June 1.

The restrictions, she added, had affected supply of critical and essential equipment to places such as sewerage and water treatment plants and hospitals.

“Without safety and maintenance works being carried out, many essential plants, facilities and buildings will suffer power failure, false alarms and breakdown of the building M&E services,” she added.

She said a collapse of the supply chain would also affect data centres, fire safety, food storage, hospitals, intensive care units and ventilation at vaccination centres.

Such operations must be allowed to resume by next month to curb rising job losses, she said.

Hah also commended the government’s vaccination effort and called for it to be stepped up for the industries in line with the National Recovery Plan.

“Vaccination will be the way forward to save lives and livelihoods as we will have to live with this virus,” she added.

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