KUALA LUMPUR NOV.16: The government has imposed Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on the Top Glove Workers’ Hostel in Klang, Selangor effective 17th until 30th Nov. 2020 following 215 positive COVID-19 cases had been recorded on 15th Nov. 2020.
Senior and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the Order will affect the Male Workers’ Hostel and Jalan Abadi 1A/KUB and Female Workers’ Hostel and Jalan Abadi 1A and Jalan Abadi 10A/KUB involving 13,190 workers and 1,200 households .
“The EMCO is enforced to enable the Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement the targeted screening test on the workers and the people in the affected areas.
“The Top Glove has to carry out full screening test on all the workers including the hostels that provide workers for the factory,” said Ismail in his daily press conference here today.
In another development, the Ministry of Human Resources has to come up with a detailed study about the movements of 1.7 million foreign workers in the country and the ways to stop them from transmitting COVID-19 in the community.
Ismail said, there are one million contributors to the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) and foreign workers could be given a subsidy of RM150 to do a swab test but the problem is who will pay the remaining cost?
“The existing laboratories cannot cater for the large number of foreign workers’ swab tests. Moreover their movements in the community cannot be controlled and their health statuses are also not known,” said Ismail.
Ismail was responding to a question of whether the government has plans to restrict the movements of foreign workers at the construction site as the transmission of COVID-19 is very rampant among them recently.
Ismail added, the plan to restrict their movements is not only limited to those working at the construction sites but also in other industries.
The Senior Minister also said, some of them stay with 30-40 people in one house and this crowded place will enable corona virus to be transmitted easily.
Meanwhile the government had also decided to end the EMCO at the Temporary Detention Centre (PTS), Kota Kinabalu and Kepayan Prison and Taman Mat Salleh Kg. Matambai Prison Quarters effective today.
Ismail added, until 14th Nov. the number of COVID-19 cases was under control and only 25 active cases had been detected at PTS Kota Kinabalu and one case at Kepayan Prison and all of them had been treated.
However he said the people in these localities are still subjected to the Recovery MCO that had been imposed on the state of Sabah.
Meanwhile the EMCO at the MOH Training Institute, Johor had also been lifted today following 33 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded from 1,291 screen tests taken on 10th Nov. and as of Nov.14th the results of all the screen tests had been under control. –Malaysia World News