Sarawak on red alert

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak has been placed under red alert in view of two positive cases involving illegal immigrants despite the security measures.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state government would no longer tolerate those who to bring in illegals into the state.

“The recent positive case involving foreigners entering Sarawak without legal document is sending us red signals because the fact that these undocumented migrants coming into the state did not undergo travelling requirement procedures that have been imposed by the state,” he said during his daily Covid-19 update press conference here yesterday.

The deputy chief minister pointed out that this was part of the efforts to curtail the virus chain as there were spikes in Covid-19 cases in the neigbouring countries.

“If we allow them to roam free despite their Pati (illegal immigrants) status, we will be sending the wrong signal to others.

“We need to ensure those who enter Sarawak are healthy and not infected with the virus before they socialise with the locals,” he stressed.

Uggah added that the committee had set up a patrol task force team to investigate the situation.

“The task force team will investigate whether the number of illegal immigrants that have been found at a location in Kuching is five persons or are there any other of their friends roaming around in Kuching city,” he said.

The two positive cases involving undocumented immigrants from West Kalimantan were found to have entered Sarawak via rat trails (jalan tikus) somewhere in Lundu on October 12.