FOREIGN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY ADVISED TO WALK THE TALK BEFORE PREACHING TO THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘Enough is enough and as our DPM Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated it is now time for action.

Anything less is a betrayal of trust!

As there are already calls from Malaysians to deport and reduce our dependence on foreign workers!’

FOREIGN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY ADVISED TO WALK THE TALK BEFORE PREACHING TO THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

The Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) and the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry Malaysia (Jactim) seem to have urged Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to coordinate a targeted approach that is business-friendly and to evaluate the impacts of the current restrictions under the Covid-19 pandemic, among others.

Before they go on preaching to us about “targeted approach or business friendly ecosystem” can I ask them where they house their workers?

Are their workers paid a decent wage or one that is down pressed to keep their profits high?

How much of their profits do they invest into Malaysia?

Is there technology transfer, training skills and exposures to our local workers?

How many foreign workers do they have?

These are all pertinent questions that keep been avoided.

Do they all have adequate housing that fits the expectation of our statutes?

There must be real issues and misgivings!

So I can understand why Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was timely in going in record stating that the Malaysian government will not compromise with factories and business premises that violate stipulated regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic!

After all based on all recent data, information post field visits by Malaysia’s home minister Hamzah Zainnudin the majority of infection clusters are from the workplace and many have failed miserably in keeping up to the conditions expected of them.

It has been the state of affairs for a long time.

If not for the pandemic this state of affairs would have continued unaddressed.

I am glad that both the Home Minister and the Deputy Prime minister have stated quite rightly that stern action would be taken against the errant factories and business premises.

I fully endorse and support an all-out ‘war’ in the ‘combat’ against Covid-19 where stern action against factories and business premises that remain stubborn are much needed.

There has been far too much pampering and it is time that the situation changed with a plan of action of fines, chargers against managements even jail terms to protect national interests which has far too long been sacrificed at the altars of obese profits and tolerating the greed of these groups!

As stated by the Deputy Prime Minister 108 factories and business premises that failed to comply with the SOPs and had been ordered to close is certainly not a low figure but a great start!

It is in my mind only the tip of an iceberg of abuse at the workplace through the failure of gate-keepers and others trusted to uphold Malaysian statutes but failed through incompetence, double standards and alleged corruption!

It is time that Malaysia be expected to take such action as to protect our national interests.

Committed and dedicated investors are welcome.

And most importantly before any of their applications for human resources is approved it is vital to ascertain if they have adequate accommodation facilities that does not break our laws or that of basic human rights!

What we have today is a mockery and an abomination.

And it has contributed to infections and fatalities in Malaysia.

It is time we stop sending any signs that we will continue to look the other way as it does not serve our national interest.

To date – thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic, the infection hitting over 836,296 and fatalities at 6,158 and rising, we should have zero tolerance for any compromise, incompetence or fool hardy public policy initiatives!

Enough is enough and as our DPM Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated it is now time for action.

Anything less is a betrayal of trust!

As there are already calls from Malaysians to deport and reduce our dependence on foreign workers!