No way illegal immigrants will be allowed to stay in Malaysia, says Senior Minister

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Putrajaya: Human rights organisations should thank Malaysia for detaining illegal migrants and giving them swab tests and treatment.

Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri reiterated that the illegal immigrants must be detained and put in the immigration detention centres ( depots)  otherwise they will spread coronavirus to the local people if they are infected. 

Responding to comments on why the Malaysian government is detaining illegal immigrants at this time,  during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ismail said, there is no legal issue arising from the government’s action.

He said, there is no country in the world that allows illegal immigrant to walk freely but to detain them.

“The government detained the illegal immigrants for the safety of the people.

” There is no way illegal immigrants will be allowed to stay in a country for human rights reason.

If they have COVID-19, the virus will spread to the local people.

” The human rights organisation should thank the Malaysian government as detainees undergo swab tests and those detected with COVID-19 have been taken to the hospitals for treatment, ” he said. 

Ismail also reported that a new cluster of COVID-19 has been formed at a building construction site in Kuala Lumpur after 44 out of 400 workers have been detected with corona virus.

“The workers were detected with positive COVID-19 after the contractor sent them for swab tests before resuming work at the site. They were sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital while the workers’ close contact had been quarantined.

“The Health Department of Federal Territories, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya had directed the construction site and the workers’ house to be closed,” Ismail said.

According to Ismail, seven construction sites have been directed to close down while 4,292 sites have not resumed operations.

However, 27,383 construction workers have been screened for COVID-19 by their employers and out of that 172 were detected positive and only eight involved the local people.–Malaysia World News


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