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FMM Appeals for the Removal of the Work From Home Directive by Lifting the Maximum 30% Condition for Management and Supervisory Staff Allowed to Return to Office/ Factory

FMM Appeals for the Removal of the Work From Home Directive by Lifting the Maximum 30% Condition for Management and Supervisory Staff Allowed to Return to Office/ Factory

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) welcomes the lifting of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 and supports the move by the Government to contain the spread of COVID-19 with the re-imposition of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in all states excluding Melaka, Pahang, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan effective March 5, 2021.

We note while interdistrict travel is now allowed, the Work From Home (WFH) directive by the Government still applies during the CMCO period whereby only a maximum of 30% of management and supervisory staff will be allowed to continue coming into the office/factory while the rest would have to WFH.

FMM believes the industry has done its part to facilitate the WFH directive by the Government to reduce the rate of infections and break the chain of infections. However, working from home has proven to be a challenge for many companies as work processes were unable to be performed remotely. While certain operations such as sales, marketing, finance, accounts and human resources can be done remotely from home, manufacturing operations still largely depend on the physical presence of personnel at the work place. Manufacturing processes also often involves complex, technical processes and materials which results in a dependency on collaborative processes, in which different teams especially involving the management and supervisory staff would need to work in-sync and in real-time.

Furthermore, management and supervisory staff only make up a small part of the total workforce in a manufacturing company and are also more vigilant in observing Covid-19 SOPs. Hence allowing all of them to work in the office/factory would not increase the risk of Covid-19 infection in the workplace.

In this regard, we would like to appeal to the Government for the removal of the WFH directive by lifting the maximum 30% condition for management and supervisory staff to be allowed to continue coming into the office/factory. We urge the Government to recognise private sector’s Business Continuity Plans (BCP) to organise company personnel including those to WFH without the restriction of the maximum 30% allowed to come into office/ factory. This will greatly assist companies to ensure continuity in production and service delivery during the CMCO with minimal business disruptions.

In the meantime, the industry is cognisant of the fact that all efforts must be taken to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 infections, in order for the Recovery Movement Control Order to be declared in all states. The industry will continue to strictly observe the COVID-19 precautionary measures and be diligent in adhering to the SOPs as breaking this chain of infections is a concerted effort of everyone.

Thanking YB Dato’ Seri and MITI once again for the continued support of the industry sector and we look forward to YB Dato’ Seri’s timely consideration of our views and recommendations.

This letter submitted on March 3, 2021 was addressed to YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Senior Minister, Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI). 

The letter also copied to :
1. YB Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) and Minister of Defence Chair  of Special Ministerial Committee on the Movement Control Order (MCO)

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Puan Hema Thiruchelvam / Puan Shamini Sakthinathan, FMM

Tel: 03-62867200 Fax: 03-62741266/7288 e-mail: / IBDivision@FMM.ORG.MY

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