PETALING JAYA: The manufacturing sector in the Klang Valley has been urged to participate in the Operation Surge Capacity as part of the the government’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Lim Ban Hong.
The Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister said the government will continue to ensure a stable supply of vaccines and to accelerate the NIP in order to achieve the target herd immunity in Malaysia.
"Vaccinations in the Klang Valley must be accelerated with Operation Surge Capacity to strengthen and achieve herd immunity.
"Only after the immunisation coverage rate is expanded and has reached a certain percentage, will the pandemic situation in the Klang Valley ease and lead to an improvement in the country’s situation," he said after a site visit to the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) vaccination centre (PPV) at Wisma Huazong in Serdang on Friday (July 30).
Datuk Lim was accompanied by Puchong MCA chairman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong, who is also the chairman of SJKC Bukit Serdang, MCA Central Committee member Lau Chin Kok, as well as Huazong deputy secretary general Yong Yew Wei and Huazong committee member Datuk Jeffrey Ng Chin Heng.
Lim said that the key attributes of the Pikas vaccination centre (PPVs) across the country, such as the allocation of human resources, arrangement procedures, venue facilities and logistics services, are already on track.
He added that the detailed explanation and analysis on the pandemic situation by the minister in charge of the National Covid-19 Immunisation programme Khairy Jamaluddin during the recent Dewan Rakyat special sitting, as well as efforts by the government to fight the infectious disease were unanimously affirmed by lawmakers.
"Efforts by the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) have undoubtedly injected a booster to the government’s inoculation drive," he said.
Small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, especially in Puchong and Serdang, are also urged to register under Pikas as soon as possible, so that employees can be inoculated to speed up the reduction of cases in the Klang Valley and resuscitate the economy, said Lim.
According to the data from Pikas, as of July 29, a total of 19,114 companies and 1,365,975 employees across the country have registered for PIKAS, of which 5,494 companies and 325,684 employees are located in Selangor.
There are currently 51 PIKAS PPVs nationwide, where 12 are located in Selangor.
Manufacturing companies may register for PIKAS online at