National carmaker PROTON says it is seeking to run its company operations smoothly while adhering to the requirements of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in order to help break the COVID-19 chain of infection in Malaysia through the utilization of technology to ensure smooth operations.
To ensure staffs can work remotely, important meetings and vital discussions are being conducted via video conferencing ensuring all employees can meet remotely, according to a statement released by the company. Individual departments are required to have daily meetings with department heads updating their team members on management decisions and apportioning work with daily deliverables. PROTON has obtained approval from relevant agencies for essential operations to be carried out by essential employees. “While we are cognisant of the need to adhere to the MCO, PROTON has obtained approval from the authorities for a small number of its staff to continue working at specific locations to perform essential services. As for our other staff members, we have asked them to adapt their work practices to the MCO rules. Thanks to video conferencing and messaging technology, meetings and discussions can be held from anywhere with an Internet connection so we are hopeful of keeping disruptions to our business operations to a minimum level,” said Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PROTON. The health and safety of PROTON’s employees remain an utmost importance. During the MCO, the health status of every employee is monitored regularly to ensure no further spread of the pandemic. “When the news of the COVID-19 virus made headlines, PROTON put in to effect an action plan to mitigate against infection. We have been diligent in our efforts and even before the MCO was announced, we canceled all overseas business travel and enforced work from home operations for a few departments with staff who were quarantined for possible infections. Our main priority is the health and safety of our staff and we are hopeful of emerging from this situation unscathed,” said Dr. Li Chunrong, Chief Executive Officer of PROTON.
Nonetheless, certain job functions within PROTON are still required to be performed onsite. For instance, maintenance of PROTON’s production facilities must be kept going, including selected service centres to service the fleet of PROTON cars used by government agencies. To support Malaysia’s frontliners in the fight against the pandemic, the national carmaker has loaned the Ministry of Health (MOH) 50 units of the Proton X70, which will be used to shuttle health workers to and from work as well as send them to any virus hotspots in the country.
According to the statement, the effort was welcomed by MOH as it helps alleviate some of their challenges in terms of logistics. “The Ministry of Health is thankful to PROTON for its contribution of vehicles. It is a deeply meaningful gesture and specifically assists the Malaysian government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dato’ Sri Dr. Chen Chaw Min, Secretary-General of MOH. The company while acknowledging the scale of the crisis, is confident the country will be able to navigate itself to a safe outcome. “These are trying times but we are certain that if we pull together, Malaysia will come out of this strong. PROTON will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all Malaysians as we see this through”, added Li.