Malaysian govt. files charges on second glove maker over labour abuses


The Malaysian government announced on Sunday it will file 30 charges against glove maker Brightway Holdings and two of its subsidiaries after being found that their workers’ accommodation do not meet the minimum legal standard.

Authorities last week conducted a raid on one of the company’s glove-making factories in Kajang district, just outside Kuala Lumpur, and found workers living in cramped, dirty shipping containers stacked behind the premises.

The Ministry of Human Resources said in a statement late on Sunday it had found “facilities that do not meet the minimum standard specifications” and that the employer did not have a proper certificate of accommodation.

Brightway did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ministry said it was in the process of completing investigation papers against Brightway and its subsidiaries Biopro and LA Glove.

Malaysia is the world’s top producer of rubber gloves and its factories have been particularly busy meeting orders since the novel coronavirus pandemic began.

The charges come as Malaysia steps up scrutiny of workers accommodation at glove manufacturing firms after a COVID-19 outbreak at Top Glove, the world’s biggest maker of medical gloves.

Malaysia said this month it would file charges against Top Glove because of poor worker accommodation, which it found to be cramped and poorly ventilated.

Malaysia has seen a spike in coronavirus cases since September, with more than 105,000 cases and 452 COVID-19 deaths reported as of Sunday. (Source: CNA)