KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 13): In a rare rebuke to the media, Top Glove Corp Bhd urged reporters to honour the principles of ethical journalism by verifying the news they publish about the rubber glove manufacturer to enable readers to have access to accurate, balanced and transparent reporting amid a rising number of Covid-19 cases.
The rebuke followed a video clip, which Top Glove claimed as misleading and damaging to the company’s reputation.
In a statement yesterday, Top Glove said the company was responding to a video published by VICE News on its YouTube channel on Thursday titled “This PPE Factory Isn’t Protecting Its Workers Against COVID”.
Top Glove claimed issues raised in the video “are thoroughly misleading and damaging to the company’s good-standing reputation”.
“Please be informed, too, that the claim of workers having to go through three medical examinations before coming to Malaysia to work for Top Glove is false. A worker would go through a maximum of two medical examinations. Each medical examination is valid for two months, and it is an exceedingly rare case that a worker is not deployed within two months,” Top Glove claimed.
“As of Dec 8, approximately 94% of our workers who had undergone testing were ready to resume work after being cleared of Covid-19. This included workers who had tested negative and undergone the stipulated quarantine period from close contact tracing,” the company said.
Top Glove said it stands by the hard work and dedication of its team in ensuring the company continues to deliver high-quality and essential medical gloves to first responders and frontliners all over the world in a timely and efficient manner.