Call for preventive measures

The concourse area of the Senai Internatioal Airport. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: The Government must take preventive measures to avoid the Wuhan virus from making its way into the country.

Johor Baru MCA public complaints bureau chief Michael Tay said it was a serious matter and health screenings must be conducted at all entry points.

“The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has already claimed lives in China and has since spread to other countries. It could easily spread to Malaysia if action is not taken, ” said Tay.

He said many had expressed their concerns and hoped that the government could do more to keep it at bay.

Johor Indian Business Association (JIBA) president P. Sivakumar echoed the same sentiment, adding that the risk was higher now with Visit Malaysia and Johor Year campaigns going on.

The country, he said, was expecting an influx of tourists, including from China.

“We cannot take the issue lightly and must have measures in place, including screening those entering the country from overseas, especially from China.

“Malaysians returning from there must be screened, too, ” he said.

Education, health and human resources committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said both the state and Federal Government were taking the matter very seriously and that preventive measures have been put in place.

He said there were thermal scanners and health screenings at four main international entry points in Johor.

“The health screening was being conducted even before the Wuhan outbreak in China as a preventive measure to avoid the spread of any diseases.

“We are on high alert now and are monitoring the situation closely, ” he said.

He said the four entry points into Johor included Stulang Laut, Puteri Harbour and Kukup Ferry Terminal as well as the Senai International Airport.

“At the moment there is no health screening at the Causeway and Second Link but we will look into this, ” he said.

The outbreak, which began in Wuhan, has spread to other cities in China including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, as well as other countries.

More than 200 cases have been reported in China, two cases in Thailand, one in Japan, one in South Korea, one in the Philippines, one in Taiwan while the United States has reported its first case.

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