COVID-19: Malaysia’s illegal migrants urged to come forward for health sceening

PUTRAJAYA MAR 22: Illegal migrants or foreigners without travelling documents, including the Rohingyas who have attended the tabligh assembly in Sri Petaling Mosque recently, are advised by Malaysia government to come forward for COVID-19 screening test.

Minister of Defence and Senior Minister, Datuk Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said, now the government’s focus is on COVID-19 pandemic and to safeguard the people from the virus infections.

“Police have identified 10,000 people present at the tabligh assembly and the government is appealing for them to come forward. We are not going to detain but if they refrain then the police will detain them at their residents,” he said at a press conference here this morning.

He was referring to the tabligh participant in Sarawak who died of COVID-19 and then followed by two others in the family who were in close contact with him.

Regarding the military aid’s strength in the enforcement of MCO starting today (Sunday), Ismail said, about 50,000 personals are ordered to monitor the situation and this includes the police, local authority officers, National Security Council and the others.

The Senior Minister added, about 3,000 military staffs besides the People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) members are mostly sent to the rural areas all over the country. However, many more staffs will be sent to COVID-19 high risks areas.

Regarding the MCO enforcement, Ismail said about 90% of the population have abided to the Order but another 10% that is three million people are not following and that is a big number to spread COVID-19.

Relating to congestions at the shopping malls and markets Ismail said, the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) will assist the police to monitor the social distancing aspects in the crowded places.-Malaysia World News

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