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Allow us to operate: FSI
Published on: Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Kota Kinabalu: The Federation of Sabah Industries (FSI) appealed to the government for the food plastic packaging industries in Sabah to be allowed to continue its manufacturing activities as part of the supply chain partners to the food industry for food hygiene in the interest of public safety.

FSI representative Tan Chee How said food products need the plastic packaging to be able to be delivered safely to retailers and to consumers of many essential food and beverage items.

He said this exemption request is in line with the government’s policy that the manufacturing especially of essential goods and exports must continue even though the Restriction of Movement Order from March 18 to 31 is imposed to control the spread of Covid-19 is supported by FSI members.

“FSI trusts that the authorities would understand the urgency of the situation as many of the perishable food and beverage goods have a short shelf life span besides the more durable foodstuff items, to enable our food packaging manufacturing businesses to continue to produce their needed goods for the essential food supply industry in the interest of Malaysians.

“The repercussion of a total shutdown of food packaging operations would have very damaging effects on the food businesses.”

He said FSI members will adopt safety and health Standard Operating Procedures with smaller work groups to minimise contact amongst employees in a safely spread distance between production staff with a minimum of one meter from each other, as well as allow non-essential staff to work from home to support the economy during such unprecedented challenging times.

The collective action of all stakeholders including the business community is most critical in ensuring that the negative situation does not escalate further and impact on the economy. 


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