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26. March 2020

MALAYSIA: Glove makers want govt. to allow their factories to continue production at 100 % capacity

The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) urged the government to allow their factories to continue production due to urgent need for gloves due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Margma president Denis Low had on Thursday (19 March 2020) appealed to the government to allow their plants to continue production of manufacturing gloves at 100 % capacity. "It is also important to allow the supporting industries to operate as well," he said due to the urgent global need for medical gloves.

Low said Margma members had received enormous requests from 190 countries and also their governments for more gloves. "Margma is able to ramp up more capacity provided the government give us the green light. We have to supply 220 billion pieces of this protective medical device to 190 countries and we cannot stop; the virus is spreading rapidly," he said.

He added the World Health Organization (WHO) had asked glove makers to produce more gloves due to global demand. Low said many European countries were very worried as the stocks of these medical gloves could only last for several days.

Source: Daily “The Star”, Kuala Lumpur; 19 Mar 2020
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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