Should factories shut down to curb the never ending Covid-19 cases?

MOSCOW - MAY 2016: Machinery plant "MOLNIYA". Workshop on preparation and machining of plastic and metal. Hydraulic presses

A total of 6,045 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the country yesterday with Selangor remaining the lead on the daily number of cases with 2,262 cases.

In line with this, UMNO Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki insisted that all factories in Selangor be closed for 14 days.

“Just close all factories in Selangor for a period of 14 days. The total lockdown focus is really on Selangor.. It turns out that the formula of the previous MITI Minister failed! ” he said in a statement via his Facebook page




In addition, PAS Youth Chief, Ir Khairil Nizam Khirudin said The failure of the manufacturing sector to comply with standard operating procedures (SOP) hampered the government’s efforts to break the COVID-19 chain.

After looking at the cluster pattern, Dewan Pemuda Pas Malaysia stressed that this “Workplace Cluster” must be stopped.

“The identified manufacturing operations must be closed immediately for two weeks,” he said in a statement on sunday

However, Senior Lecturer, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Dr Saiful Irwan Zubairi said the national food system needs to remain active to accommodate the ability to provide food supply from the upstream industry (raw materials) to the downstream sector (product production)

He said the level of food security of the country was in a good position throughout the COVID-19 pandemic because food supply decisions never happened until the existence of the supply crisis.

:Some have also suggested that the critical manufacturing sector should also be closed and only take supplies when outside the area or state that is not subject to PKPD.

“In this context, the country’s food manufacturing sector is dynamic and not only focused on the monopoly of some companies in the raw material supply chain system. Even the concept of outsourcing or outsourcing is widely adopted among manufacturers in the country.

“It aims to reduce operating costs, while speeding up the supply system more practically without having to rely entirely on major product manufacturing manufacturers alone.

“Chain effects also occur when the capabilities of other manufacturers may not even be able to supply to the rest of the country due to burnout (fatigue) to processing systems not specifically designed to accommodate high demand capacity.” He said in an article about closing the food industries

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