Mandatory for all foreign workers to undergo Covid-19 swab test, employers to bear cost

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob - file pic

KUCHING, May 4: All foreign workers across all sectors of the Malaysian economy are required to undergo swab tests for Covid-19.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob revealed that the decision was made by the federal government following recent cases which involved foreign workers in Kuala Lumpur.

“Over the past two consecutive days, there was an increase of Covid-19 positive cases which happened to foreign workers. It occurred at a construction site in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

“To curb the spread of Covid-19, the Works Ministry has closed down the construction site.

“Therefore, the federal government has decided that foreign workers in all sectors of the economy be those working in eateries or factories to undergo Covid-19 swab tests,” he revealed during a press conference in Putrajaya today which was broadcast live online by major media outlets.


Ismail Sabri added the cost of the swab test will be borned by employers.

He also revealed that the Covid-19 swab tests for foreign workers will be carried out first in Kuala Lumpur and subsequently expanded to Selangor and other areas.

On another note, Ismail Sabri who is also Bera MP said interstate travel is still prohibited at this juncture.

He noted those who are required to travel from one state to another for work purposes must obtain the necessary permit from the Royal Malaysia Police and travel only on allowed days which are from Thursdays to Sundays.

Ismail Sabri also revealed that the federal government through the Ministry of Higher Education has facilitated the return of 16,223 students to their hometowns over the past few days. — DayakDaily