Disposable Medical Gloves, Indispensable Migrant Workers

This paper highlights the interdependency between countries for the resilience of global supply chains, using the example of Malaysia’s medical glove industry, which not only needs to maintain its production amid the pandemic but also ramp up its production in a short period of time to help with the global COVID-19 emergency response. The resilience of the Malaysian medical glove sector depends not only on its own production capacity, the adaptability of its production and distribution operations, and the Malaysian Government’s policies in the pandemic. It also depends on the policies of labour migrants’ origin countries such as Nepal, from where the medical glove sector sources many of its workers, and on policies of third countries that import the medical gloves.