KUCHING: Employers, particularly the oil and gas sector should ensure that their contract workers undergo Covid-19 screening before entering Bintulu, said its MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
“I am quite upset because while the health ministry frontline staff is trying to fight the Covid-19, there are some individuals and agents in the private sector who refuse to cooperate.
“These operators are not fulfilling their social responsibility by allowing contract workers to work in various workplaces throughout Bintulu willy-nilly,” he said recently.
Tiong said the group of contract workers in Sarawak may come from Covid-19 affected areas and it would be irresponsible if they entered Bintulu without being screened.
“Preliminary screening not only protects the health and lives of individuals but it is also to prevent an outbreak of workplace infection clusters.
“I understand the human resource needs in the relevant sectors, however, it must follow the authorities’ standard operating procedures (SOPs) which includes conducting
preliminary screening on the workers,” he said.
The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) chief said everyone must be united during the pandemic to contain the outbreak as soon as possible.
“Most Covid-19 cases in Bintulu today are imported cases from other districts … I call on the police to increase enforcement in terms of monitoring cross-district permit approval to control public movement, thus curbing the spread.
“I would also like to emphasise once again that operators must apply for cross-district permits through the right channels.
“Additionally, the police in each district or division should scrutinize applications for permit approvals from the public and not give approvals arbitrarily,” he appended.