Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said that employers in the manufacturing sector would be immediately issued with compounds without further warning if the authorities found them to flout the movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOP).
After attending an MCO compliance monitoring visit to various factories and industrial areas in the Klang Valley, the minister said that the authorities found several factory clusters to be among the largest contributors to the increase in Covid-19 cases lately.
"If it goes on like this, we cannot bring the (Covid-19) figures shown by D-G (Health director-general) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah) every day to below 5,000.
"I worry if the manufacturing sector does not comply with the SOP, we will be unable to flatten the Covid-19 curve. As such, I implore all employers to comply with the SOP," he said.
No more warnings
Hamzah said that June 18 was the last day the authorities would warn manufacturing sector employers for breaching the SOP.
According to him, there are no more excuses for employers in the manufacturing sector to violate the SOP. He urged employers who had permission to operate to review the approval provided by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI).
He said that some employers are approved by MITI, but they defied the SOP. For example, he cited a quarrying company in Kajang yesterday with more than 60% employees' attendance.
The minister said more than 40 factories nationwide were given compounds for flouting the MCO SOP since June 1.
"Most of the factories which were compounded before this have not opened again. And I want their employers to realise that breaking the Covid-19 chain is a joint responsibility," he added.
Manufacturing sector employers will no longer receive warnings for flouting MCO SOP.
More factories forced to close
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the authorities had ordered a total of 106 factories to close for failing to comply with Covid-19 SOP during the lockdown.
The Senior Minister said the 106 factories were among 496 factories inspected from June 1 to June 17.
He also said the authorities had inspected a total of 24,928 factories and business premises since January 14. As of now, they have ordered 160 factories and 17 non-factories to close.
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