KUCHING, Oct 15: Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian today asserted that it is time to not just arrest foreigners in the state but Sarawakian ‘black sheep’ who are putting the public’s wellbeing at risk with exposure to Covid-19.
Dr Sim, in a Facebook post disclosed that 25 illegal immigrant workers were arrested within the Sarawak General Hospital compound after a special operation conducted by divisional health office, immigration and police personnel yesterday.
The operation was carried out following the discovery of two illegal Indonesian workers who tested positive for Covid-19 after being tested at a private hospital.
“It is time to not only arrest foreigners, but our own black sheep Sarawakians, government officers and employers’ accomplices who’ve given honest Sarawakians a bad name. These people have put every Sarawakian’s life at risk of getting infected with the virus because of their irresponsible and selfish actions,” Dr Sim asserted.
He also suggested that all enforcement operations and medical cost incurred should be charged to employers instead of using public funds.
Meanwhile, Dr Sim highlighted that immediate further action such as strict border and road blocks, and the setting up of a special multi-agency rapid enforcement task force need to be implemented.
He also urged every Sarawakian to serve as eyes and ears for the authorities in addition to federal and Sarawak government agencies so that everyone can truly protect Sarawak. — DayakDaily