Sime Darby group CEO tests positive for Covid-19

By ASILA JALIL / Pic By HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

SIME Darby Bhd group CEO Datuk Jeffri Salim Davidson (picture) has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently in quarantine and receiving medical treatment.

The group said in a statement yesterday that Jeffri has not visited any Sime Darby premises in the last 16 days.

Employees who are known to have been in contact with Jeffri over the period have also been placed on self-quarantine and are undergoing requisite medical examinations.

“Sime Darby is working with the relevant authorities to ensure the health and safety of its employees, including undertaking contact tracing to determine those who have been in contact with the group CEO,” it said.

The group CFO Mustamir Mohamad has assumed the responsibilities as the group CEO during Jeffri’s absence.

Following the Movement Control Order, Sime Darby’s Malaysian premises will be closed from March 18 until the end of the month, add- ing that all its Malaysia-based employees will work remotely.

“Across the rest of the group’s operations in Asia Pacific, Sime Darby has instituted its business continuity plans accordingly to ensure minimal disruptions to operations,” it added.

Separately, the group’s chairman Datuk Abdul Rahman Ahmad has also tested positive for Covid-19. The group confirmed on Tuesday that Abdul Rahman has not visited any of the Sime Darby’s premises for the last 18 days.

Abdul Rahman, who is also the chairman of Velesto Energy Bhd, was said to have not visited its Kuala Lumpur premises nor met its employees since Feb 26 this year.

As of noon yesterday, 110 new cases were reported making the total of positive cases in the country to 900. Of the 110, 63 are linked to the cluster case from the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering.

The Health Ministry stated a total of 20 positive cases are currently being treated in the intensive care unit and require breathing support.