Traders concern about Covid-19 infections in Port Klang

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The Port Klang and Port Klang Free Zone in Selangor. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 09 JULY 2020 Westport Northport Pulau Indah Perigi Cluster
The Port Klang and Port Klang Free Zone in Selangor. PIX: AFIQ RAZALI / MalaysiaGazette / 09 JULY 2020

KLANG – The Covid-19 infections approaching Port Klang has raised concerns that it would affect shipping and logistics activities throughout the country.

Westport is reported to be at risk due to the Perigi Cluster reported in Pulau Indah, Klang on Monday. The area also one of the biggest industrial park in Selangor.

China Press reported that most of the cases involved foreign workers who live together in congested spaces.

The high density of foreign workers’ quarters enables infection to spread easily, causing it to extend the disease to the port which would affect the supply chain in the whole country.

The President of Port Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sim Keng Hua said that the areas reporting infection cases are very near to Northport and Westport. The two ports are the core to the national economics.

Therefore, he hoped that the authorities would take stern actions in preventing Covid-19 from spreading into the ports.

“We are truly concerned because the two ports involve 40 percent of the logistics throughout Malaysia.

“If there is an infection, it could affect and even cripple the port activities,” he said.

According to him, although the activities at the port could go on, the lack of work force could happen if there is an infection and it would hamper the delivery processes.

“If there is an outbreak, lorry drivers could be afraid of entering the ports and cause delivery disruption,” he said.

Meanwhile, Port Klang has reported to stop all contractors who are linked to any infection cluster to enter the port to prevent the spread of the disease. –MalaysiaGazette

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