April 2, 2020, Subang Jaya – Proton Holdings Bhd, the second largest national carmaker in Malaysia, has adhered to the requirements of the Movement Control Order (MCO) that was imposed by the Malaysian Government, which began on March 18, 2020.
While seeking to ensure its daily operations continue to run smoothly, and helped to break the Covid-19 chain of infection in Malaysia, the company had obtained approval from the relevant agencies for essential operations to be carried out by essential employees.
The health and safety of Proton’s employees are of utmost importance. With a staffing force of close to 10,000 people, monitoring the health status of everybody is a daily task requiring cooperation from all levels.
During the MCO, the health status of every employee is monitored twice daily with plans in place to isolate and treat those suspected of being infected with the virus. This includes weekends and takes into account where the staff are based during the MCO as well as their active work status.
Prior to the MCO, all staff movement outside of the company was limited from the beginning of February 2020. Furthermore, those who traveled were required to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine upon their return including being screened for the virus before and after the quarantine period.
“When the news of the Covid-19 virus made the headlines, Proton put in to effect an action plan to mitigate against infection. We have been diligent in our efforts and even before the MCO was announced, we cancelled all overseas business travel and enforced work from home operations for a few departments with staff who were quarantined for possible infections.
“Our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and we are hopeful of emerging from this situation unscathed,” said its chief executive officer Dr Li Chunrong in a statement.
While adhering to the strict parameters of the MCO means all Proton facilities have been shut down since March 18, certain job junctions within Proton operations for other areas within the company continue unabated.
Individual departments are required to have daily meetings with department heads updating their team members on management decisions and apportioning work with daily deliverable. All of it is done via video conferencing to ensure all employees can meet remotely.
“While we are cognisant of the need to adhere to the MCO, Proton has obtained approval from the authorities for a small number of its staff to continue working at specific locations to perform essential services. As for our other staff members, we have asked them to adapt their work practices to the MCO rules.
“Thanks to video conferencing and messaging technology, meetings and discussions can be held from anywhere with an internet connection. We are hopeful of keeping disruptions to our business operations to a minimum level,” said Proton’s deputy chief executive officer Datuk Radzaif Mohamed.
To support Malaysia’s front liners in the fight against Covid-19, Proton has loaned 50 units of the Proton X70 to the Ministry of Health. The vehicles will be used to shuttle health workers to and from work as well as send them to any virus hotspots int eh country requiring immediate attention.