Migrant workers look forward to getting Covid-19 jabs


MIGRANT workers in Johor are looking forward to being vaccinated under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Security guard Dhan Bahadur Kumal said the company he was working for had registered his name for the programme in March.



The 27-year-old Nepalese from Jajarkot, about 500km from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, has been working in Malaysia for about five years.

Prior to being transferred to Johor Baru from Kuala Lumpur, Dhan said he went for two swab tests there and another one in Johor Baru before reporting for work.

Indian national Sanju Kumar’s employer also registered his name for the programme when it started in February.

The 35-year-old waiter from New Delhi who has been working in a seafood restaurant in Stulang Laut near Johor Baru for three years, said all workers at the outlet have been registered.

“Our employer told us that it is important to be vaccinated as we serve people, ’’ said Sanju.

However, at the same time, he was also worried about the worsening situation in India.

“I’ve been following the news and pray for my relatives and friends, ’’ said Sanju.

Indonesian worker Mimi, 54, who is a cook at a stall selling nasi campur in Taman Pelangi, is planning to return home for good after more than six years here.

“Nobody knows when the pandemic is going to end, ’’ she said, adding that her savings from working in Johor Baru was enough to open a sundry shop back home.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin had earlier said employers were responsible for registering their foreign workers under the programme.

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