KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) has assured that its members are constantly upgrading and building new hostels to ensure a liveable and conducive atmosphere is provided for the workers.
President Dr Supramaniam Shanmugam said the association pleaded for understanding of some space and time for those undergoing the process to carry through the exercise in order to meet Act 446 (Amendment) 2019 as upgrading work is an on-going process that might take some time.
“Just as the demand for gloves has reached historical proportions, the rubber glove industry is doing its best to produce as many gloves as possible while battling the demand and supply of raw material and human capital situations,” he said in a statement today.
Supramaniam said the industry also adhered to the new Covid-19 movement control order and standard operating procedures.
Meanwhile, Supramaniam reminded global rubber products buyers to be vigilant of scammers while sourcing for rubber gloves following recent actions taken by the Malaysian Rubber Board against a few companies that had traded rubber gloves without licence.
He said the global shortage of rubber gloves would last beyond the first quarter of 2022 and the current order lead time to be at least six to eight months or more and as such, any company that claimed to have ready stock for new buyers are possibly scammers and con man looking for victims and desperate buyers looking to get quick and immediate deliveries and /or shipments.
Supramaniam said Margma had issued several warnings about scammers intermittently since June 2020 and continuously engaged with the relevant authorities on the pressing situation.
He said various enforcement activities had been carried out by the Malaysian authorities to weed out unscrupulous scammers.
“Despite the efforts, many desperate and unsuspecting buyers had since been conned of millions of US dollars from all around the globe through various online transactions without receiving any gloves or receiving defective gloves,” he added.
Act 446 (Amendment) 2019 seeks to improve the Guidelines for Foreign Workers’ Accommodation 2018 by the Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia which covers the minimum standard accommodation space, basic facilities for workers’ accommodation and elements of security and hygiene.