Covid-19: Issue of High Infections among Foreign Workers and in Detention Centres Discussed at NSC Meeting, Says PM

PETALING JAYA: The issue of high Covid-19 infections among foreign workers and in Immigration detention centres was discussed during the National Security Council’s (NSC) Covid-19 meeting on Monday (Nov 9), says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said that he noted that the cause of Covid-19 spreading among them was because of the crowded space they were living in, either in their kongsi or in the detention centres.

“I was made to understand that up to 40 people are housed in a kongsi and this is the reason why Covid-19 spreads quickly, ” he said in a Facebook post.

He said the same situation was observed in the detention centres in Sabah that house many undocumented immigrants.

He said that the Human Resources Ministry should inform the employers involved about this matter and emphasise the importance of workers’ health as well as complying with the standard operating procedures (SOP).

As for the cost of Covid-19 testing for foreign workers that is supposed to be borne by employers, Muhyiddin said that he had directed for the matter to be discussed in detail and presented by the relevant agencies during the next NSC meeting.

Muhyiddin said he also raised the question of SOP regarding the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle at any one time.

“I think the number should not vary. There should be a consistent ruling for private vehicles and e-hailing vehicles, ” he said.


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