Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The authorities are urged to not only detain illegals in the state but also their stooges – Sarawakians who are accomplices in facilitating their entry.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said those who aided and abetted the illegals were putting the lives of other Sarawakians at risk with their actions.

“It’s time to not just arrest the illegal foreigners but our own black sheep Sarawakians; be they government officers, employers, and accomplices.

“They are giving honest Sarawakians a bad name and also put the lives of other Sarawakians at risk with them allowing others to be infected by Covid-19 due to their selfish actions,” he said.

Dr Sim said this in a Facebook post last Thursday, commenting on the recent operation conducted by the authorities to round up illegal workers in the state.

He said following the two cases of illegal workers being diagnosed with Covid-19, the Divisional Health Office, Immigration Department and the police arrested 25 other illegal workers at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) compound.

He noted the suggestion of the public for those arrested to be kept at the hospital rather than being sent to prison as they had no regard for the lives of their family, friends and other Sarawakians.

“All the costs of enforcement operations and medical expenses should be charged to the employers rather than borne by the public.”

Dr Sim also urged the authorities to take immediate action to further prevent the spread of Covid-19 due to illegal workers in Sarawak.

“These are such as fortifying the borders, conducting road blocks as well as setting up a multi-agency rapid enforcement task force.

“We need every Sarawakian to be our eyes and ears apart from federal and Sarawak government agencies so that we can truly protect Sarawak.”