Make clear SOPs for MCO3.0+, no double-standard

The govt needs to enhance SOPs enforcement to all industrial sectors and take legal action against violations

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

SAFETY and health groups are calling for an enhanced standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the tightened third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0+) across all industrial sectors.

The Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) urged the government to display data gathered through Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) to the public and force an automatic temporary shutdown on affected premises.

“The government needs to enhance SOPs enforcement to all industrial sectors and take legal action against violations of the latest regulations as these sectors have been proven to contribute to the majority of the clusters in Malaysia and causing public unrest.

“In addition, HIDE data should be displayed to the public and enforce automatic and immediate shutdown on the premises involved as specified in the SOP. Do not practice double standards in executing this closure order,” MSOSH said in a statement yesterday.

The National Security Council, Health Ministry (MoH) and Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) are also urged to detail the legislation aspects of occupational safety and health in the working from home arrangement, the organisation said.

It added that industrial sectors should be more proactive in assisting the District Health Office to identify positive cases and close contacts to prevent more clusters from occurring.

“MoH and DOSH should also detail the guidelines for employee isolation so that they can carry out their own initial isolation procedures,” MSOSH said.

On the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, MSOSH urged the government to review the country’s vaccine procurement policy and allow state governments and public sectors to have access to the vaccine supply to expedite the process of achieving herd immunity.

“The proposal to extend the dosing period of the second shot of the vaccine and prioritising the vaccine supply at the severely affected areas should be considered,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents has been calling for the government to draft a recovery plan for the tourism sector as the industry is far from reaching a recovery mode.

Its honorary secretary general Nigel Wong said the association has been calling for the government to come up with a tourism recovery roadmap.

“No one can foresee the future but such guidelines will help the industry to make strategic plans and preparations which are aligned with the country’s recovery efforts.

“The tourism sector is still a long way off from recovery and will not fully begin the recovery process until borders, both domestic and international, are reopened,” he said.

Wong added that the tourism association has been working closely with the industry’s key partners such as the Malaysian Hotel Association and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers along with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and its related agencies to support local players.

“As demonstrated successfully in many other countries around the world, domestic tourism plays a major role in sustaining the local tourism industry.

“The industry has already made significant preparations to ensure that Malaysians are able to safely recommence leisure domestic travel and for businesses to start organising events and conferences once we come out of MCO 3.0.

“The domestic travel bubble, like many similar initiatives around the world, is simply a mechanism designed to enforce the necessary SOPs on travellers and tourism operators,” he said.