Will no longer sack whistleblowers, says Top Glove Corp
KUALA LUMPUR (MALAYSIA) – Malaysia-based Top Glove Corp Bhd, which is one of the biggest manufacturers of surgical gloves, said on Wednesday that whistleblowers will not be fired and three helplines for workers to address their complaints would be set up. The firm has witnessed the biggest outbreak of the virus in the country, recording more than 5,000 cases.
A 27-year-old Nepali employee named Yubaraj Khadka was sacked after he raised concerns about the lack of social distancing norms in the glove factories.
He clicked two pictures of his co-workers thronging a unit and shared it with an activist.
“If this incident happens today, this termination will not happen because we have engaged consultants and they have guided us on what is the right thing to do,” said MD Lee Kim Meow in a radio interview.
Of the three helplines set up, one is internal and two others are manned by a consultant and an audit company, he said, adding that the sacked employee did not provide the firm feedback on the working conditions. He said it has since improved.
“We actually spoke to him and he admitted his intention was to pass the photo to someone so that basically that someone will use it to discredit Top Glove,” Lee added.
This month, the firm became the biggest virus cluster in the country after more than 5,000 employees were infected.
Last week, the firm reported the first death of a worker because of the virus.
“From this episode, it taught us many lessons. We are humbled by the fact that there are still a lot of areas for improvement. Needless to say, we will do more,” Lee said.