Ministry trying to find 30 who visited market


  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Apr 2003

BY AUDREY EDWARDS AND SUSAN TAM

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has listed 203 Malaysians who will be quarantined for visiting the wholesale market in Singapore infected by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Thirty of them have yet to be traced.  

Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng said the ministry has complete contact details of all except the 30 people, whose names have been sent to the media to help the authorities track them down (see table). 

The Malaysians, Chua said, were those who had business dealings with the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Market that was shut down after a worker was diagnosed with SARS. 

“This (quarantine) is important to stop the spread in case any of the 203 are infected,” he said after a SARS briefing to investors at the Economic Planning Unit here, yesterday. The names were submitted by the Singapore health authority. 

On Wednesday, Johor ordered a quarantine of 125 lorry drivers who had visited the market. 

Chua advised those on the list to contact the authorities.  

The order went out to all state health directors on Wednesday afternoon and would last until April 29. 

Among those traced, over 100 are from Johor. The others are from Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Perak, Selangor, Kedah, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur and Perlis. 

In Cameron Highlands, V.P. SUJATA reports that farmers there are not badly affected by the temporary closure of the Singapore market as they are selling their produce to other places in the republic. 

Deputy Agriculture Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar said the farmers have been selling their vegetables at supermarkets and hypermarkets while they were still fresh. 

“The ban is only for entering the wholesale market and not for entering Singapore,” he said after opening the RM5.5mil Cameron Highlands Agriculture Complex.  

TRACE LISTThe 30 Malaysians sought by Health Ministry(* names with IC/ID/passport no.) 

1.Kerk Sui Yih P-J491801 

2.Rad Hakrishan a/l V. Suppiah P-J412696 

3.Kerk Sui Hing P-J374180 

4.Ajit Singh a/l Karter Singh P-633292 

5.Teng Kek Hoo WP-515746242 

6.Li Lin Bin Pulanggah H-10514271 

7.Ooi Keat Chuan 720710085383/A 10692528 

8.Ng Ewe Kek 360281531 

9.Wong Chon Heng WP-35441212813 

10.Cheng See Kein J 448565 

11.Chew Eu Leng 821228075403 

12.Yiah Kok Wei WP-400548994 

13.Koh Bah Shan PP-J159691 

14.Wun Kim Khim 895136441 

15.Er Kang Hua 5710266465 

16.Er Kang Tee 3483152181 

17.Bong Chow Tel 840406135565 

18.Bong Chow Tet 840406135565 

19.Alfonso Anak Tambi WP-401341641 

20.Chai Hew Seng 701004085745 

21.Liew Chen Thai 821228015961 

22.Kannan a/l Suppan 790306016953 

23.Vafiappan a/l Maniappan 5807225239 

24.Chong Kok Keong 5303041057670102 

25.Sim Kok Chuan 72124015735 

26.Chia Choon Ee 720412015889 

27.Ng Teck Chai 510616055115 

28.How Khim Meng A 9420010 

29.Chin Kin Yien 610208015753 

30.Wong Dek Kong 730908016331

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