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Monument to follow movement control order in Malaysia

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Global Mining Review,

Monument Mining Limited has announced that the company will follow the movement control order issued by the Malaysian government to suspend operations at its Selinsing Gold Mine from 18 - 31 March 2020 in Pahang State (Malaysia).

CEO and President Cathy Zhai said: “Monument is in full compliance with the Order which puts employee’s wellbeing as first priority. It has also implemented a business sustaining plan to ensure the operation would be back on track immediately once the ban of mining activities is lifted. We will work together with all of our stakeholders to overcome this difficult period.”

On 17 March, the company received notice from the Mineral and Geoscience Department Malaysia (JMG) for all mining leaseholders to adjourn mining activities in the State of Pahang, to follow-up the movement control order, as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The Malaysian Prime Minister has given a speech to the Nation on 16 March which, among others, has ordered for “closure of all government and private premises except those involved in essential services (water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, post, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire prevention, prisons, ports, airports, security, defence, cleaning, food supply & retail)”. The order is based on Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967.

In response, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers has issued a press release, stated that FMM is in full support of the need to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, but the move to close the manufacturing sector under the movement control order is very drastic; it urges the government to lift the ban immediately.

Monument has called for immediate response overnight in compliant with the Order, and taken immediate action to suspend operations orderly in addition to its emergency plan that has already been in place to ensure all employees are protected at the mine site during the pandemic period.

In the meantime, security and environmental monitoring control that must be in place to prevent environmental pollution, wherever applicable under the movement control order are maintained. Certain operation functions will be carried out as well on a best effort basis through management and staff working from home. The management will implement clear communication with staff so that the working arrangement is effectively scheduled for deliveries during the movement control order period.

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