This was with respect to recruitment fees previously paid by its migrant workers to agents or other parties.

Top Glove has stated that it is "continuously improving the welfare of its employees while steadily increasing global demand for its medical, cleaning and household gloves."

In a recent press statement, the firm announced that on 2 April 2021 (Friday), it had made a lump sum/final balance sum remediation payment with respect to recruitment fees previously paid by its migrant workers to agents or other parties, per an earlier announcement in August 2020.

"Top Glove's initiative to remediate its workers extends to all those who have joined the company on or after 1 January 2019, including workers who left the company’s employment.

"Since January 2019, Top Glove has operated based on a Zero Cost Recruitment Policy, under which the company bears all recruitment related fees for its migrant workers."

During a briefing on 8 April, the firm said it will work to continually improve its workers’ accommodations, in accordance to the Act 446: Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities Act 1990. It also shared it will continue to work with the relevant Ministry and Government agencies, which are looking into strengthening existing regulation and related standard operating procedures for the manufacturing and construction sectors, to continuously enhance the workplace and living conditions of workers in Malaysia.

To date, the company has relocated some workers to alternative accommodations in December 2020; and has submitted applications for the Certificate for Accommodation (CFA).

Top Glove noted: "The approval and issuance of the CFA by the government is being done progressively. Top Glove has embarked on a substantial investment programme to significantly improve the living quarters of our workers nationwide."

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