Malaysia to conduct extensive Covid-19 screening at immigration depot detainees, staff

PUTRAJAYA, 22 May 2020:

All detainees and staff at the immigration depots in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur and Semenyih, Selangor will undergo Covid-19 screening, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, said this exercise will involve 1,200 detainees in Bukit Jalil and 1,600 in Semenyih.

He said, at present, Covid-19 screening will be conducted only at these two depots, following cases of detainees testing positive for the virus at the two locations.

He clarified that screening was also conducted on the 114 officers at the Bukit Jalil depot, but all were found negative for the virus.

“The case at the Bukit Jalil depot involves illegal immigrants detained before the Movement Control Order (MCO), plus those arrested during the Enhanced Movement Control Order at Jalan Masjid India.

“At the depot, they stay in a dorm, not one person one room, that is how the infection might have spread.

“The Ministry of Health and Immigration Department have taken action, whereby 60 illegal immigrants who tested positive were sent to the temporary hospital at the Malaysia Agro-Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS),” he told reporters at his daily media conference on the Conditional Movement Order (CMCO) today.

Ismail Sabri also said officers on duty at the depots must don the full personal protective equipment.

He added that there is no need to worry because the detainees are in quarantine and do not mingle with the public.

– Bernama