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Top Glove Corporation Bhd has committed to a 20 per cent special dividend to reward its shareholders, in consideration of its good profit performance and strong cash flow.

In a statement today, the world’s biggest glove maker said this was in addition to its existing dividend policy of a 50 per cent dividend payout ratio on profit after tax and minority interests (PATAMI), for the second quarter of financial year 2021 (Q2 2021) to Q4 2021 ending August 31, 2021.

As at 4pm today, Top Glove was one of the most actively traded counters on Bursa Malaysia, however, its share price fell 50 sen to RM5.62 with 323.48 million shares changing hands. 

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Pagar asrama pekerja yang dipanjat pekerja Top Glove, Meru seperti dilaporkan pihak media sebelum ini masih berada dalam kawasan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan (PKPD), jelas Polis Selangor.

Jurucakap Khas Ops Covid-19 Polis Selangor, Asisten Komisioner Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew berkata, pekerja berkenaan memanjat pagar itu untuk keluar membeli barangan keperluan di sebuah rumah berdekatan, yang dijadikan kedai runcit dan premis itu juga berada dalam kawasan PKPD.

“Kejadian itu tidak menjadi isu, kerana kedai runcit berkenaan masih lagi berada dalam kawasan PKPD,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Tambah beliau, Majlis Perbandaran Klang juga sudah mengambil tindakan terhadap pemilik kedai runcit berkenaan kerana beroperasi tanpa lesen.

Muhammad Yazid juga menyeru orang ramai supaya tidak panik mengenai kejadian tersebut kerana keselamatan di PKPD itu masih dalam keadaan terkawal.

Sementara itu, dalam kes berasingan, polis mengesahkan menerima laporan daripada syarikat Top Glove semalam berhubung penularan video yang didakwa memaparkan kekerasan pihak berkuasa ke atas pekerjanya.

“Kes tersebut masih dalam siasatan di bawah Seksyen 324 Kanun Keseksaan,” katanya.

PKPD asrama pekerja Top Glove berkuat kuasa mulai 17 November lalu, dilanjutkan sehingga 14 Disember depan susulan masih ada peningkatan kes positif Covid-19 melibatkan Kluster Teratai.

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Top Glove Corporation Berhad said it did not understand why Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan called its worker dormitories “deplorable” and invited him to evaluate its newer facilities.

Top Glove executive chairman Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai said the ministry inspected the  dormitories roughly several months ago, after the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) banned imports from two subsidiaries of Top Glove on suspicion of forced labour back in July.

Rejecting claims that quarters were crowded and unsanitary, he said the firm spent almost RM20 million to purchase improved accommodations for its workers to comply with the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act.

“I don’t know why he said this recently. We also welcome him to come and visit again. Since the minister’s visit, our condition has since improved.

“So it came as a big surprise when such a comment is made. We will need to clarify with the ministry to see what are the areas that we are not doing correctly and improve further,” he said during a virtual press conference conducted through Zoom.

During the virtual sessions, photographs of the current dorm and provided amenities were shown to the media.

Saravanan was quoted as saying in an English daily yesterday that the entire Labour Department will be tasked with investigating the conditions at Top Glove factories in Klang, Selangor.

In Klang alone, the firm has 28 factories, which have become the epicentre of the Teratai cluster with a reported 4,036 Covid-19 cases from November 7. Over 80 per cent of the infected are foreign workers.

Echoing Lim’s remark, Top Glove managing director Datuk Lee Kim Meow said the company wanted to correct views about the welfare of their workers, insisting that it has made strides in this area on the advice of the relevant authorities since July.

“We know that this is issue has troubled many industries. We felt at that time, we needed to do more and the ministry came to us and we showed them. They gave us a thumbs up and complimented us.

“We have kept track of it very closely and have given assurances to our stakeholders. We want to put this behind us. As you can see, arising out of this episode we also realised the virus don’t discriminate against any parties,” he said, adding that the company has sought to better control and strengthen its preventive measures since.

Responding to the high number of cases involving its workers within the Teratai cluster, Lim disclosed that around 3,000 individuals from the company comprised those who have tested positive.

However, he expressed astonishment at the number of positive cases among his employees and cited how some of them could be false positives in reference to the first batch of screening conducted in early November where 17 out of 30 of the workers obtained such results.

However, Lim said he was not disputing the Health Ministry’s data but added they were working closely with them to determine the best method of Covid-19 testing as the sensitivity will determine the number of positive cases.

As for staff who have been discharged from the hospital, Lim affirmed that they have been placed in hotels as they were not allowed to return to their dormitories after an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) was imposed to facilitate targeted Covid-19 screenings from November 17 until November 30.

Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of rubber gloves, currently employs over 21,000 workers nationwide.

On Monday, the NSC ruled that Top Glove must close its factories in stages after the highly infectious virus was found to have breached the workers’ lodgings and entered the community at large.

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A total of 28 Top Glove factories in Meru, Klang, will be closed temporarily following a surge in COVID-19 cases linked to the Teratai cluster

In his live conference yesterday, 23 November, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri said that the special Cabinet meeting has agreed to shut down the factories in stages to test the workers and undergo quarantine.

The closure will be coordinated by the Selangor State Security Committee and the Top Glove management.

Top Glove stated that 16 facilities were closed since 18 November, while 12 facilities are still operating with reduced capacity and will be temporarily closed in stages

According to their press statement, about 5,700 workers in Top Glove hostels were screened for the virus.

However, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said he was informed by the factory management that around 13,000 people worked in 28 different buildings.

During his daily briefing on 23 November, he said that 5,767 workers were tested so far, with 2,524 tested positive, 1,330 tested negative, and 1,913 were still waiting for their results.

“The Klang District Health Office is working with the factory management to plan the screening of all these workers,” he added.

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