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FMM PRESS STATEMENT: SOCSO’s Recovery Phase Covid-19 Screening Programme Timely and Welcomed by Industry

Kuala Lumpur, September 8, 2021 – The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) thanks the Government, in particular YB Minister of Human Resources YB Datuk Seri M Saravanan and the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), for acceding to our request to support industries in shouldering the cost of the mandatory requirement for bi-weekly screening of employees which was introduced for the manufacturing sector after further easing of restrictions on economic sectors was allowed from August 16, 2021.

The implementation of the Programme, where SOCSO upon application by employers, would provide the RTK Antigen self-test kits to employers based on the number of active SOCSO contributors in employment is indeed a relief to employers as the fortnightly compulsory testing on all employees will financially set back many industries even further as they are already cash-strapped due to the prolonged lockdown period.

The FMM notes that based on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) issued by the SOCSO, employers are responsible to coordinate the screening process with clinics/hospitals of their choice with the requirement for the clinic/hospital to report the results via a dedicated portal set up by SOCSO for the screening programme. In this regard, FMM would like to appeal to the Ministry and SOCSO to consider allowing employers to conduct the tests on their own without the need to engage the services of clinics/hospitals or doctors. Furthermore, the sponsored test kits are home self-test kits which can be fully self-administered according to the instructions provided. Employers can supervise the testing and update the results via the dedicated SOCSO portal for the necessary monitoring by SOCSO without the need to incur the additional cost of engaging the services of clinics/hospitals/doctors which may cost more than the test-kit itself.

The industry is committed to ensuring that the workplace is safe for its employees and recognises that protocols on testing of workers must continue regardless of the level of vaccination at the company level as we are cognisant of the prevailing threat of the new virus variant in the community which is more infectious and with the majority of cases being under Category 1 and 2 with no or only mild symptoms.

Tan Sri Dato’ Soh Thian Lai
President, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers



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