By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Jan 5: The state government will take stern action against employers who bring in illegal workers into Sarawak.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas noted that there were some irresponsible employers who tried to smuggle foreign workers into Sarawak.
“I was informed today that the policemen have investigate a few cases of employers suspected of bringing in illegal immigrants.
“This means we will take stern action against those irresponsible parties.
“This is because their action will affect the public health of Sarawakians,” he said when giving updates on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak during a press conference here today.
Uggah who is also the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman cited a case in Sibu where four illegal immigrants had tested positive for the coronavirus and escaped back to Indonesia.
He noted that these illegal immigrants could pose a risk to locals as they could have transmitted the virus when they were travelling from Sibu to Tebedu before crossing over to Indonesia.
He also noted that the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak is showing an uptrend, which also involved some illegal immigrants.
“From the 13 new cases reported today, 10 were imported cases.
“One of them is from Indonesia, eight from Peninsular Malaysia and one from Sabah,” he added. — DayakDaily