KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 – Deputy Minister of Ministry of Plantation and Commodity Industries (MPIC), Willie Mongin today reminded rubber glove industry players to comply with the directives set by the government in their operations.
Willie revealed that the MPIC has received reports against two rubber glove operators for allegedly violating regulations that could lead to environmental pollution.
“We do not want this to happen again,” he warned, adding the ministry’s eyes would keenly be on the rubber glove sector to make sure that operators adhere to the standard operating procedure set by the ministry.
Meanwhile, he lauded the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) and Smart Glove Corporation Sdn Bhd for their donation of 500,000 rubber gloves each to the ministry.
“It is a tremendous help and timely as our country as well as other places in the world are currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement today.
He said the ministry has already identified the relevant government bodies (frontliners) that the protective gear would be distributed to.
MREPC, an agency under the ministry, is responsible for promoting domestic rubber products such as gloves and catheters.
The council collaborates with the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) to maintain product standard and ensure that Malaysian gloves continue to be the world’s top choice.
Malaysia’s rubber glove exports are expected to reach 225 billion units worth over RM20 billion this year alone, compared to 170 billion units last year, which generated export earnings of RM17.3 billion.
Malaysia meets 65 per cent of global demand.
Rubber Production Incentive
In another news, rubber smallholders in Sarawak have been urged to register for their Rubber Transaction Authorisation Permit (PAT-G) card with the state Agriculture Department or any Malaysian Rubber Board (LGM) office to enable them to benefit from the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG).
Willie in a statement on Tuesday said his ministry welcomes the state government’s proactive move to give the smallholders an additional 50 sen per kg, bringing the total incentive to RM1.90 per kg.
“This initiative will definitely help ease the burden of rubber smallholders in Sarawak and increase their incomes,” he said, noting it also shows the seriousness of both the Sarawak and federal governments in safeguarding the wellbeing of the people.
He added that enquiries may be made via the LGM hotline at 1-800-888-474 from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays, or via 019-602 6001 and 019-625 7800 after 5pm.