PETALING JAYA: The Federal Territories MCA Youth has questioned the need for separate rules for customers and employees on vaccinations.
Its vice-chairman Chris Daniel Wong said there should not be two separate rules for customers and employees.
"I refer to Penang’s George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong's statement on Aug 12 where he interprets the National Security Council (NSC) orders to be that only customers must be fully vaccinated and not the workers.
"We cannot have two separate rules for employees and customers.
"I am fully in agreement with state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo’s position that workers must be fully vaccinated too," Wong said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 12).
He said allowing the unvaccinated to serve customers was a grave mistake, as the fully vaccinated could still get infected.
"Both employees and customers should be fully vaccinated in order to allow dine-in to go on without the chance of infections.
"On Aug 6, YB Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong chaired a meeting with several business associations where he had stressed the need for both customers and employees to be fully vaccinated if they are to be allowed to operate under the National Recovery Plan (NRP)," he said.
Wong added that although this was in the context of the automotive industry, this should logically apply to all businesses in other sectors as well.
"From a business perspective, some might find this impractical but if an infection breaks out in your restaurant, you might be faced with a long period of closure as your staff is taken away for isolation. Cost wise, this is a better option.
"Since those vaccinated can still be re-infected, periodic testing once every 10 days or so is a must for Malaysian businesses to reopen, in order to isolate workers and customers who got infected," Wong said.
He added there should be pressure on the government to make this mandatory, and provide subsidies so that test kits are more easily available.
He said in Germany, a Covid-19 Antigen Test only cost €0.80 or about RM5.
"Once such test kits are made cheap and more widely available, it would be practical to enforce a requirement for a customer’s latest test result to be shown in MySejahtera to be checked at the door before entering a restaurant.
"The NSC must clear up this confusion immediately before shops begin to reopen," he said.