Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Willie Mongin said the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) estimates global demand for rubber gloves at 330 billion units.
Willie said Malaysia is also the main rubber glove supplier to the medical sector.
“Our country’s rubber glove industry is very important as exports from Malaysia supply 65 per cent of global demand,” he said in a statement today.
Willie said the government through the International Trade and Industry Ministry and the Health Ministry has agreed to allow factories making medical and surgical devices especially rubber gloves to continue to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
He said rubber products manufacturers allowed to operate during the MCO period should adhere to the standard operating procedure.
On reports about two rubber glove factories identified as having caused environmental pollution, he said the problem should not recur and the rubber products manufacturing industry should comply with the regulations.