COVID-19 and migrant agriculture workers in the palm oil sector in Malaysia

The COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia led to a government-imposed Movement Control Order across the country. While many businesses were not permitted to operate during the first phase of the order, palm operations were exempted and allowed to operate under government-issued procedures.

In this environment, workers face many challenges due to COVID-19 and government measures related to the pandemic. To assist migrant workers in the palm sector and mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19, the Fair Labor Association developed a background document that includes recommendations for employers.