Ismail Sabri: MAEPS now Covid-19 quarantine centre for undocumented migrants


PETALING JAYA: Undocumented migrants in immigration depots who tested positive for Covid-19 will placed at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) quarantine centre, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail said that Malaysians who were previously quarantined at MAEPS were transferred to Hospital Sungai Buloh on Sunday (May 24).

MAEPS was initially tasked as a Low-Risk Patient Quarantine and Treatment Centre for Covid-19 cases.

“We will isolate them from the rest of their friends in the depot to ensure the virus doesn’t spread among other detainees, ” he said during his daily briefing on the conditional movement control order (MCO) on Monday (May 25).

Ismail also said that there is a need to segregate locals from undocumented migrants, adding that barbed wires had been placed around MAEPS.

“For Malaysians, we don’t have to use barbed wires because they don’t escape. The ones who try to escape are undocumented migrants and that is why we placed barbed wires there.

“Once they escape, it will be hard to track them down, because they have no documents and we don’t know their addresses and who are their relatives.”

MAEPS has the capacity to house 600 patients and is managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, Social Welfare Department and the Public Works Department.

Meanwhile, Ismail said Malaysians should not be worried of the drastic hike in Covid-19 figures at immigration depots.

“Malaysians should not be worried because they (migrants) are already confined in that depot area. So, chances for the virus to spread out of the depot is almost non-existent.”

Ismail also said detainees and depot staff would be screened, and those who were found positive would be sent straight to MAEPS.

He added that a total of 4,342 undocumented migrants, consisting of 1,654 at the Semenyih Immigration Depot, 1,334 at the Bukit Jalil immigration depot, and 1,358 at the Sepang immigration depot, would be undergoing Covid-19 screening.

“Those who are found negative will stay (at their respective depots). We will conduct second screenings then, and those who are found positive, will be sent straight to MAEPS, ” he added.

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