BY NAZMI SUHAIMI
KUCHING: Malayans who are putting Sarawakian lives at risk by flouting the state’s quarantine order should be blacklisted from entering Sarawak, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said.
He was commenting on the case of two businessmen from Malaya who were arrested on Monday after they refused to be quarantined.
“Two businessmen from Malaya, arriving in Miri three days ago, refused to follow the policy of entering Sarawak – PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab, hotel quarantine till their results are out in 24 to 48 hours.
“They asked to be allowed to buy new flight tickets so can go back to Kuala Lumpur the next available flight on the same day. Absconded, they checked into Pullman Miri and proceeded with their business meeting.
“Yesterday (Monday), when trying to board a flight back to Kuala Lumpur from Miri, they were arrested at the airport and now being put under hotel quarantine, waiting for PCR swab result before bringing them to court,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Dr Sim said in the case of the two Malayans, they were not only trying to outsmart the system but also abused the goodwill of Sarawakians.
“They have no respect for Sarawak laws and worse, potentially infecting Sarawakians with risk of new Covid-19 cluster.
“Covid-19 in Sarawak started with imported cases and will continue to have local outbreaks with imported cases.
“Since these people don’t care or love Sarawak, after court charges, we should put them on our black ist to stop them entering Sarawak in the future,” he said.
On another development, Dr Sim urged Sarawakians to do their part to help curb the entry of illegals into the state.
“Covid-19 has alerted us on our land boundary security. There is only so much the multi-agency team can do to guard our boundaries.
“We need every Sarawakian to be responsible for our own country security and help in the illegal (situation) in Sarawak,” he said.