Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: All foreign workers who have a valid work permit must undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine at quarantine centres upon entering Sarawak.

In stressing this, State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there was some misunderstanding on the employers’ part when bringing in foreign workers.

“There was some misunderstanding recently when a number of employers had brought in Indonesian workers with valid work permit and had asked for them to be discharged from the quarantine centre and complete their remaining quarantine at home after having the swab test on the second day.

“This is not the standard operating procedure (SOP) for foreign workers coming into the state. They must undergo their 14-day quarantine at quarantine centres.

“That one, we will not compromise,” he said when delivering SDMC’s daily Covid-19 update on Monday (Jul 13). 

He said the foreign workers must also undergo Covid-19 testing on Day Two and Day 10 of their quarantine, adding that the costs of the quarantine and tests must be borne by the employers.

Additionally, Uggah also said the General Operations Force had arrested a total of 69 people at the borders of the state between June 1 and July 12.

“These comprised 20 locals, Indonesians (46) and Filipinos (three). In addition, 16 Indonesians had also been deported,” he added.