Samajaya Free Trade Zone to continue operations


By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK will not shut the operation of factories at the Samajaya Free Trade Zone in Kuching as they are operating at a minimum level.

These companies are also complying with the Movement Control Order (MCO) safety and health regulations, said Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais.

All the management staff are working from home while factory employees are working in shifts and in separate smaller factories.

This is in line with the federal government’s policy to enable the Electrical and Electronic (E&E) sector to operate with some restrictions in place.

“There are also E&E companies in opposition-held states, such as Penang and Selangor which are still operating,” he said in a statement.

Naroden was responding to Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen who urged the state to stop operations at the Samajaya Free Trade Zone.

“So far, there is no confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in the trade zone, otherwise, we will not hesitate to suspend the operation promptly,” he added.

Police and other enforcement authorities are monitoring the operation of these companies closely.

Other industries such as farming, fishing, plantation, plywood, wood and oil and gas, auto spare parts, hardware, among others have been given the greenlight to operate during the MCO period so the economy will not be at a standstill, he said.