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KUCHING: The state government is urged to stop the operations of factories in the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chief Chong Chieng Jen said although these factories were not in the list of essential of services, they had been exempted from the order.

He said doing such was compromising the effectiveness of MCO, especially when Kuching was now classified as a Covid-19 red zone.

“The state government should stop the factories in the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone from further continuing their production and business activities.

“The factories in Samajaya continue to operate daily till this day, with hundreds and even thousands of workers travelling in and out each day.

“After work, these workers are in contact with their family members,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Chong said the operators were mostly multinational companies (MNC) who had the financial ability to temporarily stop production and continue paying their workers’ salaries.

“They are definitely not in the essential service sectors as most are involved in electronics sector.

“Compared to our local micro, small and medium entrepreneurs who do not have the financial muscle, these MNCs are in a better financial position to stop operation and continue paying their workers,” he added.

He added it made no sense to give the privilege to the MNCs to continue operating while most of the local entrepreneurs and businesses were subjected to the MCO.

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