Friday, October 7

Printers appeal for resumption of operation


Liew Sah Tion

KUCHING: The government should allow all small and medium-size enterprises to resume operation to ensure that they can survive the movement control order (MCO).

Kuching Printer Association president Liew Sah Tion appealed to the State Disaster Management Committee to allow printing companies to resume production based on various reasons.

He pointed out that none of the factory workers in the printing industry had been tested Covid-19 positive and the printers operate within their business premises and do not conduct external business.

“Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the enforcement of the MCO, most of the work undertaken by the printing plants in Sarawak were not fully completed. The manufactured products produced by the printing plants are closely related to the food necessities and daily necessities in most shopping malls, and also include printed copies of government authorities such as health bureaus and hospitals, local councils, and statutory agencies,” Liew said in a press statement yesterday.

“People in the printing industry in the state have also confirmed that the number of people working each time would not exceed half of the original workers.

“The big factories also require no more than 10 people and it is only open for two days a week,” added Liew who is also president of the Malaysian Printers Association Sarawak Branch.

He said the printers will abide by all the rules and regulations during the period of the business management order.

Liew said the Kuching Printing Association and the Malaysian Printers Association Sarawak Branch fully support the MCO.

“After more than a month of cooperation between the government and the people to fight the epidemic, it is generally controlled to a certain extent.

“However, we still cannot ignore the seriousness of the pandemic and must take strict precautions to maintain the safety and hygiene of individuals and communities,” he said.