Govt buildings to be used as swab test centres


THE Emergency Management Technical Committee is identifying government buildings and facilities across the nation that are suitable to be set up as swab test centres.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali said this is among the initiatives under the technical committee’s four focuses to mobilise federal and state public service resources.

The other three focuses are integrating public and private hospitals’ capability; using National Service Training Programme (PLKN) camps and other suitable facilities as temporary detention facilities; and collecting feedback from the people on the emergency.

“The technical committee will continue to study and monitor matters arising out of the emergency proclamation in order to give the best recommendations to the National Security Council for considerations,” Mohd Zuki said in a statement today.

He said the technical committee has convened four times to date since its establishment recently.

Under the first focus of the resources mobilisation, he said the technical committee discussed a temporary alignment of civil servants to services in need of additional support such as the health and safety services.

The utilisation of PLKN camps as detention centres are being discussed to improve physical distancing at prisons.