IPOH: Employers of the electrical and electronics sector should foot the bills of workers down with Covid-19 during the 14-day full lockdown, says MCA central committee member Cally Ting.
She proposed any staff member who is Covid-19 positive during the period should be admitted to private hospitals, and the employers pay for the treatment charges.
She said it was a fair mechanism, with the current strained and stretched out public health system.
“Although I understand that the decision (to allow the sector to operate) was due to the economy and the requirement to produce medical devices, but with the estimated 600,000 employees across the country, the risk is just too high.
“The estimated numbers encompass vendors, suppliers, logistics, and the rest in the sector’s supply chain, which could easily triple the 600,000 headcount.
“Stringent rules and regulations should be imposed on factories that continue to operate during the full lockdown,” said Ting, who is also Gopeng MCA division vice-chairman.
She suggested that only companies with financial ability, and those willing to take responsibility towards employees’ medical welfare should be allowed to operate during the total lockdown.
“With the daily cluster data, the manufacturing sector takes up 53% out of the total cluster of new cases, while the construction cluster comes up to 29%.
“There must be stricter compliance for the sector, based on the principle of fairness,” she added.