Covid-19: Workers from high risk countries still not allowed to enter Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR NOV.4: The government of Malaysia has not changed its policy to close the borders and not allowing citizens from 23 countries with high risk of COVID-19 infections including Bangladesh to enter the country.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, at the moment there is no intention to change the policy to allow workers from high risk countries to enter Malaysia.

Ismail said, if the Bangladesh government wish to meet and discuss about the policy with the Malaysian government they are most welcome but until today the policy of not allowing foreign workers to enter the country still remains.

The Senior Minister said that in response to the demonstration held by thousands of workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh who wish to return to Malaysia to work.

It was reported that 25,000 workers were stranded in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic after they went back for holidays and the working visas for majority of them had expired. They urged the government to help as they had not been working for the past seven months.

Regarding some workers in the management and supervisory categories that are still working as usual even though the government has asked them to work from home, Ismail said, the employers could be compounded for not adhering to the standard operating procedure of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that has been set by the government.

“I will check with the Director General of Civil Servants and also the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) regarding this situation,” said Ismail in his daily press conference held here today.

In another development Ismail said, the government will not tolerate with fake news disseminated by any party that causes fear, panic and worries among members of the public thus causing trouble and danger to the stability of the country.

Until 4th November, 273 investigation papers related to COVID-19 had been opened by the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) and Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) out of which 136 were under investigation, 35 cases had been charged in the courts, 21 were found guilty, 13 on trials, one person found not guilty and 12 had been issued with warning notices.

Ismail added, the government had decided to impose CMCO on Mukim 12, South-West District Penang effective 6th till 19th November 2020 following 35 positive cases were detected including 11 new cases recorded until 3rd November.

According to Ismail the SOP for the CMCO are the same as announced before and for further details the National Security Council website could be referred.

However Ismail said, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) that had been imposed on PPR Taman Harmoni, Sandakan effective 23rd October till 5th November had been lifted.

“Until 26th October via screening test that had been conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) had found that no positive case was recorded in that area.

“Even though the PPR Taman Harmoni is out from EMCO but the people have to adhere to the Conditional MCO that has been imposed on the whole of Sabah.,” Ismail reiterated. –Malaysia World News


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