BCPs should focus on protecting the vulnerable

Izah Azahari

Every business operation needs to consider the vulnerable groups and protect them as much as possible.

This was said by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah following the advice by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to stay at home or employ other methods of social distancing in the workplace.

There is no “one size fits all” solution to the Business Continuity Plan (BCP), prepared by the Prime Minister’s Office, or those categorised as vulnerable issued by the Ministry of Health, said Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew.

He gave an example of an organisation that has six staff members. The group can be divided into two groups, with one working from home and the other in the office. But in the case of a smaller operation, where there is only one person, it is very difficult to say when they should work remotely.

“We, of course, need to make sure that each ministry or company looks after the welfare of the vulnerable. So you have to think of a better arrangement to deal with it,” the minister said.

Some operations, he added, cannot be carried out at home, thus suggesting the cutting down of working hours for these individuals or moving them to a separate office space.

He said, “There’s no straightforward directive applica-ble to all types of business or governmental activities. We just have to make sure that we follow the advice given by the MoH to always wash our hands, use hand sanitisers and practise social distancing.”

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah speaks at the press conference. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS