Makassar tabligh attendee tests positive for Covid-19

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Apr 29: The four Sarawakians who attended the religious tabligh gathering in Makassar, Indonesia in March have been accounted for, said chairman of the Border Security Committee Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

Among the four, three returned via Entekong/Tebedu Customs, Immigrations and Quarantine (CIQ) complex and were subsequently quarantined at the Public Health Training Institute in Kota Sentosa where their Covid-19 test results were negative.

“The three have been discharged after they have been quarantined while the remaining one who entered Indonesia via Tawau and returned using the same route is now being treated at Tawau Hospital for being Covid-19 positive,” Masing told DayakDaiy today.

The three of them who left via Tebedu/Entikong CIQ complex on March 16, had returned on April 7 while the Sarawakian who left via Tawau went to Makassar on March 12, had come back on March 29.


The deputy chief minister said he was grateful that the four were cooperative and responsible individuals.

“It’s not that we are against anyone involved in any religious activities except that it should not be organised during a major pandemic like the current situation we are facing.

“However, we are very grateful to them for being cooperative and willing to follow MCO and its SOP (standard operating procedure),” said Masing.

On the overall situation, Masing said there were some foreigners who were stuck in Sarawak during the current MCO but they would be allowed to go back to their respective countries soon.

Among them are four Germans, three Russians, one each from Ukraine, France and Romania.—DayakDaily