KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) has extended the Covid-19 screening test to all migrant plantation workers employed with its plantations all over the country.
The company said in January, it had screened 1,029 of these workers in Negeri Sembilan and Pahang, 6,261 workers in Sabah, and 703 workers in Terengganu.
In the first week of February, an additional 1,402 workers in Pahang and 4,114 workers in Sabah were screened.
“The overall screening test results for January are negative, except for 25 workers in Sabah who have gone through the quarantine process,” it said.
The workers have fully recovered and have been discharged from the quarantine centre in Lahad Datu.
FGV’s group chief executive officer Datuk Haris Fadzilah Hassan said 13,509 workers have been screened following the extension of the tests to all migrant workers “This effort is to ensure all FGV migrant plantation workers remain healthy and do not become spreading agents of the epidemic. It is also in line with the government’s directives which require employers to provide screening tests for all its migrant workers respectively beginning from Feb 2,” he said.
“FGV also provides temporary COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centres (PKRC) at its plantation complexes to enable the isolation process for migrant plantation workers who are found positive with mild symptoms,” he added.
Haris Fadzilah said the screening was held in phases for all the 26,114 migrant plantation workers – of which 15,119 are working in Peninsular Malaysia, 10,375 in Sabah and 620 in Sarawak.
All FGV migrant plantation workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philipines, Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar are registered contributors under the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).
FGV will continue this programme in other states in the near future and expects it to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021.