Foreign workers in some states to test for Covid-19

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK

ALL foreign workers in Selangor, Federal Territories Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Sabah are required to undergo Covid-19 screening tests.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said all foreign workers who contribute to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) and working in the above-mentioned states can get themselves tested with subsidies under Socso from Nov 21.

“The screening tests will be with the rapid test kit antigen method, which needs to be done at clinics or hospitals registered with the Socso Health Screening Programme Panel Clinic,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The panel clinic directory can be found on https://psp.perkeso.gov.my.

The screening test would have to be paid by the employer before applying for the screening test subsidy from Socso.

“Socso will pay up to RM60 for each Covid-19 screening test conducted. This payment is made only once for each employee,” Saravanan said.

In addition, employers need to take proactive steps in complying with the Minimum Standards for Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities 1990 Act 446, which is enforced by the Human Resources Ministry to reduce the spread of Covid-19 among workers.

More information on this programme will be updated on Socso’s portal, while questions can be sent to [email protected] or call the hotline number at 1-300-22-8000 or 03-4264 5089.

This move was made following a spike in cases from the Teratai cluster, which is linked to factories operated by Top Glove Corp Bhd and its dormitories.

On Tuesday, the cluster reported 1,511 new cases, bringing the total to 4,036 positive cases, with the majority being foreigners at 3,846 versus 190 Malaysians.

To date, 5,777 people were screened within the cluster, marking up the infectivity rate to 70%. The Ministry of Health intends to screen 13,000 Top Glove workers.

The world’s largest glove manufacturer will temporarily shutdown 28 of its factories in stages, which inadvertently affects the company’s shares.

At market close yesterday, the company’s share price fell by 2.21% or 15 sen to RM6.65 from its previous close, after recording a dip of 7.48% on Tuesday’s morning trade.

Other workplace clusters contributing to the spike of Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley area is the Damanlela construction cluster at 1,539 cases, followed by the Cergas cluster (1,337), Hentian cluster (1,101) and Kaya cluster (900) as of Tuesday.