Councillor: Build new quarantine centres as standby for industrial workers

PASIR Gudang City Council (MBPG) is urging the government to build a quarantine housing camp for the industrial workers in Pasir Gudang to better isolate them in case of a Covid-19 infection in the workplace.

MBPG chief whip Baharudin Mohamed Taib said the Federal Government should set up such sites on standby in view of the rising number of cases in Johor.

“Once a camp is set up, we can quarantine the affected workers from the general public so that we can break the chain of infection.

“There should be such a quarantine centre for Category 1 and Cate-gory 2 patients from the industrial sector,” he said when contacted.

He highlighted that Pasir Gudang was an industrial area generating more than 70% of the council revenue.

“Failure to handle the spread of the pandemic will impact the council earnings.

“That is why MBPG should also come up with a plan so that the industry players can continue to survive here and not move to other places,” he added.

Baharudin also pointed out that the increasing cases of Covid-19 in Pasir Gudang had resulted in rising bed occupancy in hospitals.

“I would like to propose that we open up localised community quarantine centres by using the available community halls, with a small number of beds.

“Only Category 1 and Category 2 patients can be placed at these community quarantine centres,” he suggested, adding that the expenses could be paid by the Pasir Gudang Foundation.

Baharudin also urged the council to hold a discussion with telecommunication companies to build more communication towers in areas that currently lacked or suffered from poor coverage.

“This will help to increase Pasir Gudang city’s Internet connectivity,” he said.

He added that a digital library could also be introduced to help students with no access to gadgets. — By REMAR NORDIN

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