Top Glove Corporation Bhd is set to face charges in court for failing to meet minimum standards of housing and providing amenities to its workers.

This as the world's biggest medical glove manufacturer already grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak among its workers.

Labour Department director-general Asri Ab Rahman said 63 charges involving a number of companies, including Top Glove, have been referred to the deputy public prosecutor's office for further action.

Out of the 21 investigation papers opened, 19 involve six groups of companies under Top Glove, the New Straits Times (NST) reported Asri telling a press conference.

The offences include providing staff dormitories which were congested, and had no proper ventilation, added the report.

Meanwhile, the Human Resources Ministry, in a statement said that enforcement operations were carried out on Top Glove subsidiaries in five states, namely Perak, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan and Johor, following the COVID-19 Teratai cluster outbreak which involved a Top Glove factory in Meru, Klang, on Nov 7.

The explosion of COVID-19 positive cases which has since neared 3,000, triggered the enforcement operations, the statement added.

"The operations were carried out simultaneously on Nov 26, 2020, and involved six Top Glove subsidiares in five states.

"Checks on the workers' dormitories and accommodation revealed that the employer had failed to abide by the Workers' Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446)," added the ministry.

"Apart from the accommodation being congested, uncomfortable and poorly ventilated, the buildings used to house the dormitories were also found to be not in compliance with local council's requirements."

If found guity, the employer can be fined up to RM50,000 on each count.

Currently, a total 28 Top Glove factories in Klang are under temporary shutdown to allow COVID-19 screening and quarantine to be conducted on its workers. Besides, the worker dormitories have also been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) since Nov 17.

Source: NST
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