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Published on October 19th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Proton Headquarters Confirms 50 Staff With Covid-19

Started with just one staff and now there are another 49 confirmed infected staff.

On October 14th 2020, last Wednesday, Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) released a press statement confirming that one (1) of their employees in the Research and Development department was confirmed with Covid-19. 

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This infected employee was promptly sent to a government hospital to be treated and the whole section of the Research and Development building was sealed off and the whole building, including the main building started a sanitization process and all staff were sent home and were instructed to work from home until further notice.

As a precaution, Proton’s owners, DRB-Hicom was also sanitized and all employees were sent home as an added precaution.  

The company has been strictly adhering to the protocols issued by the authorities and immediately put in place its mitigation plans to prevent further spread.

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This is a setback for Proton who was planning to launch their latest product, the X50 Crossover this month and with bookings surpassing 21,000 plus units, Malaysians are waiting for the launch as the selling price is not yet confirmed and the many bookings could reverse with buyers looking towards the new Honda City and also Nissan Almera which have already released their prices and deliveries are starting soon.  

PRESS RELEASE: UPDATE ON COVID-19 Subang Jaya, 19 October 2020

Subsequent to one of its employees testing positive for COVID-19 on 14th October 2020, PROTON confirms 49 others have now been detected. All are from the Engineering Division in Shah Alam, and have been reported to the authorities. For now, the company has requested all non-essential personnel who work within the Shah Alam facility to work from home as a precautionary measure. The company which has been adhering to official protocols, is continuing its efforts with more stringent actions to ensure prevention of further spread. Contact tracing is ongoing and a COVID-19 team is monitoring the situation very closely.

Once again, the company would like to reassure all its customers that it will continue to strictly follow all guidelines and procedures as it has been doing from the start of the pandemic. The Center of Service Excellence (COSE) and showroom are disinfected hourly and all customer facing personnel follow a rigorous procedure. PROTON is working with the authorities who have guided the company through the process and are satisfied with the actions taken thus far. The safety of all PROTON staff, customers and Malaysians is of the utmost importance to the company and will be its main priority.

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