KUALA LUMPUR (January 4): Lii Hen Industries Bhd said the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at his foreign worker dormitory in Muar, Johor has been extended until January 15.
The dorm was put on EMCO from December 27, after seven of the group’s employees tested positive for Covid-19, and it was due to end tomorrow (January 5).
In a filing today with Bursa Malaysia, Lii Hen said that employees at its four subsidiaries – EF Furniture Sdn Bhd, CT Haup Heng Sdn Bhd, Lii Hen Furniture Sdn Bhd and Favorite Design Sdn Bhd – which are located in nearby, are currently in quarantine and isolation until January 15, according to guidelines from the Department of Health.
The group has indicated that it has decided to voluntarily undergo a full screening for Covid-19 (PCR test) for all employees, foreign and local, of these subsidiaries.
The screening exercise, which covered 2,700 employees from all plant premises and the headquarters of these subsidiaries, began on Jan. 2 and is still ongoing, Lii Hen said.
“The group has also taken an additional measure to temporarily suspend the operations of these subsidiaries until January 15. Disinfection and disinfection procedures will be carried out during the EMCO period.
“Subject to further guidance from the relevant authorities, these subsidiaries are expected to resume operations in stages, starting January 16. Other unaffected production facilities in different locations are operating normally,” Lii Hen said.
Regarding the loss of capacity resulting from temporary shutdowns of subsidiary operations, Lii Hen said it is estimated at 3.5% of their estimated total annual production volume.
It was previously reported that the first positive case of Covid-19 involving the company was an employee working for EF Furniture, which was reported on December 23, after the employee developed symptoms and was tested. .
As a result, six new cases – of foreign workers who were in close contact with said employee – were reported positive for Covid-19 after undergoing drug tests on December 26 and 27.
Lii Hen’s shares fell 14 sen or 3.52% to RM 3.84 today, valuing the group at RM 691.2 million. The box office saw some 842,800 shares trade hands.