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Migrant workers in eateries still waiting to be screened

The Sun Daily, Malaysia, 3 July 2020 - Most migrant workers employed in eateries have yet to be screened for Covid-19 despite a requirement to undergo such tests.

“We are still waiting for an appointment date to send our workers for the swab test (to determine if they have been infected),” the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) said yesterday.

Its president Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan (pix) said he has been informed by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) that priority will be given to migrant workers in the security and construction sectors for now.

On May 4, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that all migrant workers in the country, irrespective of which sector they were in, would be required to undergo screening for Covid-19.

The directive has seen opposition from employers.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan had at the time pointed out that it would be difficult to test more than two million registered migrant workers.



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