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SIBU, Sept 6: Indonesians working in Sarawak are highly receptive to getting vaccinated against Covid-19 as 90 per cent of the some 65,000 recorded working in the State have been vaccinated by the Malaysian Health Ministry.
Revealing this, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia (Kuching), Yonny Tri Prayitno said the majority of the vaccination recipients are those working in the oil palm plantation sector as their employers had updated his office with the information.
Speaking to the media during his courtesy call on Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit here today, Yonny said it was uncertain whether the balance of about 6,500 Indonesians had been inoculated as their employers did not report it to his office.
“I hope that in the near future, we can achieve a 100 per cent vaccination rate among Indonesians working in Sarawak,” he added.
He also noted that close cooperation between the police and his office was important in bringing in Indonesians workers following the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
According to Yonny, prior to the pandemic, there were 140,000 Indonesians working in the State. However 75,000 of them had returned to their home country since last year.
On the meeting between both parties, he said it was aimed at establishing closer rapport and cooperation in preventing the spread of Covid-19 among Indonesians working in the State.
Among those in his entourage were Lt Colonel Soekaryoso Helmy and Supt Gentur Wicaksono. — DayakDaily