KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 -- Top Glove Corporation Bhd hopes to address its concerns on the labour shortage in the rubber glove industry during its meeting with Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today.
Executive chairman Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai said the industry is currently facing difficulties in meeting the global demand for medical rubber gloves, forcing it to increase its workforce to boost production capacity.
“The demand for rubber glove will always be there and it will never come down. Times like these, the demand for rubber glove increases by 1.5 times,” he told reporters via a conference call today after announcing the group’s second quarter results.
As the world’s largest medical rubber glove maker, Top Glove also requires more labour following its ongoing expansion.
“We have many engineers and chemists, and we have invested a lot in the digital platform to empower our foundation, but we still need more workers,” said Lim.
While supporting the government’s movement control order which has now been extended to April 14, Lim urged the government not to shut down businesses for too long as it would be bad for the companies.
“At the end of the day, it is detrimental to a lot of businesses who have no income and no business activity, and in the long run, this will be bad for the government,” he added.
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