Edited by: Sheera Abg Mansor
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) seeks the approval from the government for its members to operate at 100 per cent capacity to meet urgent local and global demand in the fight against COVID-19.
MARGMA’s president Denis Low as quoted in Bernama fears that if the situation is not addressed urgently, it might lead to a chronic shortage of medical gloves.
He said, meeting the demand from the rest of the world especially during Movement Control Order (MCO) is more challenging than the normal days whereby rubber glove manufacturers are allowed to operate with just 50 per cent of its original workforce.
He believes that the other governments of the world would also be writing consent letter to the Malaysian government for the rubber glove industry to operate at optimum capacity for these critical supplies of medical gloves.
Quoting the examples from the United States, he said the country has lifted its ban on one of Malaysia’s rubber glove manufacturers, WRP Asia Pacific Bhd, to cater to the nation’s demand for personal protective equipment to fight COVID-19.
While Reuters today reported the US Customs and Border Protection as saying that disposable rubber gloves made by WRP would be admissible at all US ports of entry.
To ramp up rubber gloves production, Low said workers have to work overtime and will be compensated accordingly and adequately with hardship allowance.
As Malaysia is the world’s largest producer of medical gloves, MARGMA is duty bound to ensure that enough gloves are supplied to hospitals and all healthcare providers in their fight against the pandemic, said Low.