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Allow economic sectors to reopen based on company’s vaccination rate: FMM

FMM In The News: THE MALAYSIAN RESERVE, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - THE Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) urges the government to open up all economic sectors immediately based on company level vaccination rates, with continued strict adherence to SOPs and periodical screening of workers.

FMM president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai said, failing to do so will result in more businesses to fold up operations with irreparable damage to the economy and the risk of going into a recession with a long recovery period.  

“The industry is most concerned with the prolonged closure of the non-essential sectors for almost 
three months now.

While FMM notes and welcomes the easing of restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated, we look forward to similar easing of restrictions on the business sectors which is desperately needed to ensure business viability as many are at the brink of collapse due to the extended business closure,” Soh said in a statement.

He added that  fast rollout of vaccination is the answer to the reopening and revival of economies regardless of the continued threats of resurgence of cases due to the new and more virulent variants of the virus.

“In this regard, with the ramping up of the national immunisation programme, it is imperative for the Government to immediately remove the segregation of essential and non-essential sectors since businesses are interconnected where the continuation of operations of the so-called essential sectors require the support from the non-essential sectors for inputs and critical services,” he added. –TMR/ AFP PIX

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