BAYAN LEPAS: Despite the Movement Control Order being in place, it was business as usual for some factories here today.
Checks by the New Straits Times this afternoon found that while the majority of the factories were closed, some were operating as normal.
There were instances where several factory workers, wearing their company tags, came out of the premises to collect pizza deliveries.
A group of workers were also spotted gathering and eating at another factory's canteen near Lintang Bayan Lepas.
Efforts to reach out to the factory operators proved futile.
State Domestic and International Trade, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain told the NST that the state government was awaiting an official statement from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) on the operation of factories for the next two weeks.
He said he was told about a meeting by Miti on the industry operations throughout the order period but was not informed about the outcome.
"We are puzzled as well because we are still waiting for clarifications.
"We can only assume that these factories were exempt because they are part of the essential services providers, but we cannot confirm because Miti has not informed us yet.
"Penang hopes Miti can clear the air on this," he said today.
Halim said that it was not a good start to curb the Covid-19 spread with many matters still unclear to the people.
"Considering the seriousness of the situation, the government has to disseminate the information well to avoid further confusion," he added.