By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Dec 22: The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has extended Covid-19 screenings at factories, plantations and construction sites as a prevention measure following the increase in positive cases reported in the construction sector in Peninsular Malaysia.
SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed random screenings were conducted among workers in factories, plantations and construction sites throughout Sarawak.
“To date, 7,483 individuals have been screened in Sarawak. From that, one positive case was detected while the rest were negative.
“Screening activities will continue to be carried out and we seek the co-operations from all parties especially contractors, premises owners and employment agencies in Sarawak.
“(For) Those who want to “curi ayam” (be irresponsible), then the chicken will “steal” in return,” he said while calling for caution in light of the more than 2,000 cases detected in Peninsular Malaysia, mostly involving workers.
Uggah, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, emphasised the need to rationalise between profitability and health as neglecting the latter will be detrimental to the situation.
“As such, we urge for the full support from everyone in the efforts of SDMC in fighting Covid-19 in Sarawak,” he added. — DayakDaily