Federal Government not referred for allowing workers from China to enter Sabah – Minister

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PUTRAJAYA JULY 1 –The Sabah State Government has not discussed with the Federal Government regarding the permission to allow foreign workers from China to enter Sabah as the border doors are still closed to the outsiders.

Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, at the moment only expatriates in the Employment Pass 1 (EP1) are allowed to enter based on the negative results in the swab test done in the country they come from and the result of the second swab test in Malaysia.

“At the moment, we do not know what type of workers Sabah is taking in. The National Security Council (NSC) should discuss on this matter as China is a big country and we do not know which province has become green zone or red zone now.

“The workers from China need to get letters from the Malaysian Immigration Department before they are allowed to enter Malaysia,” said Ismail in the press conference held here today.

Ismail was responding to a recent statement made by the Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal saying that the state is opening its air, land and sea borders to Chinese nationals.

The statement mentioned that Sabah is opening its doors again to foreign workers from China to jump start the construction industry in the state which has stalled due to the imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since March 18.

“They will be required to undergo a Covid-19 screening test at least three days prior to their arrival here (Sabah) and will have to comply with all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been set by our authorities.

“The workers include those who should be here working; some have been stranded elsewhere when they couldn’t work here. So we also need their expertise in our construction industry to avoid any delay,” said Shafie.

Regarding international students performing Friday prayers in the local mosques, Ismail said, students who have been staying in the campuses since the imposition of the MCO are allowed to pray only in the mosque situated in the campus.

“The permission is also granted to international students who are negative in the swab test results when they return to Malaysia,” Ismail said.

On another development Ismail said, the Special Ministers’ Meeting on the Implementation of MCO had the opinion that flight fares should be the same as before the imposition of the MCO.

Ismail added, returning to the normal flight fare is pertinent as flight companies have been allowed to resume its operation with full passengers’ capacity.

“The meeting has been notified that domestic flight fares have been high specifically from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak,” said Ismail.

According to Ismail, the Ministry of Transport has been requested to have discussions with the flight companies to resolve the problem. –Malaysia Wold News

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