Allow import and export of activities during lockdown – FMM

KUALA LUMPUR (May 29): The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) urged the government to allow activities in the import and export sectors – including ports, warehousing and freight transport – to be continue throughout the lockout period.

In a statement today, he also hopes that manufacturing industries with contractual export orders will be allowed to operate at 50 percent of their capacity, even if they are not in critical economic sectors.

FMM also suggested that the government allow industries to undertake maintenance of factories, adding that those that have ovens and furnaces that must continue to operate 24/7 and cannot be shut down should be allowed to operate with a labor capacity of 20%.

“In this regard, FMM recognizes that the government has always maintained a balance between protecting lives and livelihoods, but unfortunately the alarming surge in the number of cases this week has led to the decision to institute a total lockdown.” , did he declare. .

The federation said it was encouraged to take note of the statement by the prime minister’s office on Friday that the finance ministry will work on a program to help people and economic sectors affected by the lockdown.

“FMM would like to reaffirm that the government must urgently support industries during this crucial period with the necessary financial aids and initiatives, in particular by allocating a special relief fund to help businesses, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises.”

In addition to an automatic three-month moratorium from June 1, 2021, he also hopes the government can reinstate the wage subsidy program for all industries and suspend or extend the date of payment of all statutory contributions, given that operations would be totally blocked, except those in essential sectors.

The federation also urged the government to drop Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s maximum demand load for May 2021, given that industries have already had a workforce reduced by 60 percent from May 25, 2021, and to continue with the discount on electricity for the next six months. from July to December 2021.

He said the government should also suspend the Take or Pay (TOP) of Gas Malaysia Bhd in the gas take-off agreement for May 2021 from May 25, 2021 and for the lockdown period just announced, which could possibly extend from June to July 2021.

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