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More than 1,000 of MSM employees to receive vaccination through PIKAS

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KUALA LUMPUR, JULY 27, 2021 – MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad (MSM) is committed to ensure all of its employees including contractors are fully vaccinated, echoing the government call to expedite the immunisation towards reaching the herd immunity in curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Currently, MSM vaccination programme will commence with over 200 of its employees within the Klang Valley, involving workforce from supply chain in Sungai Buloh as well as corporate headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

All of the employees are scheduled to receive their vaccination dose today at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) through the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS).

At the same time, the leading sugar refiner of the iconic flagship brand “Gula Prai” will also continue its effort to secure nearly 800 vaccination appointment for employees at the refineries located in Prai, Penang and Tanjung Langsat, Johor.

MSM Group Chief Executive Officer, Syed Feizal Syed Mohammad said, “As one of the national essentials food providers, the health and safety of our employees remains our utmost priority especially during this pandemic as we continue to operate as usual by adhering to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“The risk of infection reflected in the high number of Covid-19 cases linked to workplace clusters, require us to impose stringent preventive measures and request for a priority vaccination program in order to minimize operational disruption that could impact our sugar supply to the nation.”

“The accelerated roll-out of the vaccine by our government under the National Recovery Plan is expected to revive our socio-economic sectors towards recovery as employers now are able to secure vaccination appointment among their employees through various programs including PIKAS and Selangor Vaccination Programme (Selvax).

Significantly, as a responsible employer, we play a vital role in helping the government to promote and encourage vaccination as well as ensuring our business and operations continue to comply with the SOPs as enforced by the authorities,” he added.

MSM has established a robust mitigation and prevention strategies on Covid-19 in assessing the hazards and risk of exposure among employees, underpinned by the necessary safety protocols and appropriate working guidelines to protect employees and ensure healthy workplace environment.

The proactive measures include mass screening and staggered meal break at the operational premises, daily workplace sanitization and disinfection, self-health declaration, reducing workplace density, contact tracing and mandatory SWAB test for newly join employees and contract workers.

About MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad (MSM)

MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad (MSM) is Malaysia’s leading refined sugar producer and one of the biggest sugar refiner in Asia. MSM is involved in producing, marketing and selling refined sugar products under the “Gula Prai” brand.

The company conducts its business principally through two operating subsidiaries, MSM Prai Berhad and MSM Sugar Refinery (Johor) Sdn Bhd. In addition, MSM also operates a logistics company – MSM Logistics Sdn Bhd.

At present, MSM’s annual production capacity is up to 2.05 million tonnes of refined sugar.

In 2020, MSM produced 1,010,215 tonnes of refined sugar, of which 270,628 tonnes are catered for the export market. Currently, MSM corroborates up to 60% of the domestic market share.

MSM has been listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia since 2011 and has a market capitalisation of RM 401 million as at 31 December 2020. MSM combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility for a sustainable future.

MSM offers a variety of products ranging from white refined sugar of various grain sizes to soft brown sugar. These are marketed and sold in a variety of packaging options under its flagship brand – Gula Prai.

MSM also sells molasses, a by-product of the refining process, to distilleries and producers of ethanol, animal feed and yeast, among other products.

Aside from household consumers, MSM sells to a wide range of customers in Malaysia and in other countries directly and indirectly through traders, wholesalers and distributors. Its customers include major companies in the beverage and confectionery industries, hotels, restaurants and food outlets.

For more information, please visit www.msmsugar.com

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