Electronics industry demands more on-site vaccination centers
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Semiconductor Industry Association (MSIA) is urging the government to approve more on-site vaccination centers as its member companies are ready, willing and able to support this effort.
MSIA President Datuk Seri Wong Siew Hai (pictured below) urged the government to endorse MSIA’s proposal to establish Mobile Immunization Units (MVUs) so that they can serve SMEs with a less staff by going to their factories.
âThis will reduce the movement of people while speeding up the vaccination program. Together, we will flatten the curve and prepare the economy for a strong rebound, âhe said in a statement.
Wong said MSIA appreciates the efforts of the government, especially the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) to coordinate the plant vaccination program.
“The Imunisasi Industri COVID-19 Kerjasama Awam-Swasta (PIKAS) program will accelerate the achievement of collective immunity for the manufacturing sector, especially for workers in the semiconductor and electronics industry,” said he declared.
He added that MSIA was grateful that the government is committed to ensuring the provision of free vaccines for all employees registered under PIKAS.
Wong added that MSIA member companies will support the administration of vaccines using private doctors, vaccination at designated factory premises and the establishment of vaccination centers.
He added that two employees from MSIA member companies were vaccinated at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, one at the on-site center in Kuala Lumpur and the other at the joint site in Penang.
He said the O&M industry in Malaysia, especially the semiconductor ecosystem, has critical cross-industry linkages and applications. The supply chain for this industry is highly integrated, whether within its own industry or with other industries, locally and globally.
âThe global semiconductor and electronics industry plays a vital role in the global economy and in providing vital components for medical devices, critical infrastructure and essential healthcare equipment.
âCurrently, the global electronics industry is facing a severe component shortage that affects medical equipment, automobiles and other electronic products.
“In 2020, the contribution of the E&E industry to this country is significant, accounting for 6.8% of its GDP and 39% of its total exports and the employment of 575,000 people,” he added.
The E&E industry exceeded approved investments in the manufacturing sector last year.