By Sheeda Fathil
SHAH ALAM, Nov 24 — Meru state assemblyman Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mokhtar has urged the Federal government to immediately temporarily shut down the Top Glove Corp Bhd factories following the spike in Covid-19 case among its workers.
He said the safety of people living nearby the area is more important than profits from the glove manufacturing company.
“As the situation of the Teratai Cluster worsens, it is becoming more worrying for the residents in Meru and the locals working at Top Glove.
“The safety of Meru residents is more important than factory profits,” he said via Facebook.
Yesterday, Top Glove Corp Bhd had said that it will cooperate in temporarily suspending the operations of 28 factories in Meru, Klang, in stages.
The company said it had temporarily stopped the production of 16 facilities in Meru since November 18 and the remaining 12 factories were operating at much-reduced capacities.
It added that about 5,700 of its workers at the hostels have undergone the Covid-19 screening and that disinfection exercises at its premises and accommodation are conducted regularly.
Earlier, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri had said that the 28 Top Glove factories in Klang would cease operations in stages to allow factory workers to undergo testing and mandatory quarantine in an effort to contain the spread of the virus among Top Glove employees.
According to the Health Ministry, the Teratai Cluster that is linked to the Top Glove’s workers had registered 1,067 new Covid-19 infections yesterday out of the total 1,203 cases recorded in Selangor.