Ismail Sabri: Covid-19 test now a must for foreign workers in Selangor, Negri, Penang, Sabah, KL and Labuan

Foreign construction workers waiting in line to be screened for Covid-19 at a clinic in Pudu, May 15, 2020. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Foreign construction workers waiting in line to be screened for Covid-19 at a clinic in Pudu, May 15, 2020. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — All migrant workers in Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Labuan are now required to test for Covid-19 regardless of their sector, said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said this was decided after the Health Ministry assessed a higher risk of Covid-19 infections in this group compared to local workers.

Ismail Sabri also said that the National Security Council (MKN) also agreed to the Ministry of Human Resources’ request for the tests to be done using the rapid test kit (RTK) antigen instead of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method.

He said that tests could also be conducted at factories and construction sites or at Ministry of Health-approved clinics and testing facilities.

“This (RTK-antigen tests) will get much faster results, within one or two hours,”

“Previously when we asked the workers to get tested by PCR tests at clinics, the queues were very long and this was reported on by the media” he said.

Ismail Sabri also said testing costs would be split between the Social Services Organisation (Perkeso) and the foreign workers’ employers if the workers were Perkeso contributors.

“Subsidy for RTK — Antigen screening test of RM60 can be claimed from Socso and the remaining cost is paid by the employer,” he said.

The costs for non-contributors must be fully paid by employers.

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