Covid-19: Security in place at MAEPS to prevent immigrants from escaping

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: Undocumented immigrants being treated for Covid-19 will be housed at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), as security systems there are in place to prevent them from running away, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said 26 illegal foreign workers who are currently warded in Sungai Buloh hospital will be transferred to MAEPS.

“We have made a decision. For security reasons, the 26 Covid-19 positive illegal migrants would be transferred to MAEPS.

“Only the locals and legal foreign workers will be at Sungai Buloh hospital.

“Hopefully by doing so, we can improve the security at MAEPS and make sure we can provide good treatment to them,” he said at his daily Covid-19 press briefing in Putrajaya on Saturday (May 30).

Dr Noor Hisham was responding to a question on a China Press report that a Covid-19 patient, who was an illegal foreign worker, had run away from Sungai Buloh hospital on Saturday morning (May 30).

“Normally, when the (illegal migrants) are admitted to the hospital, they are accompanied by the Immigration officer and they are handcuffed in the ward.

“But, somehow, this 26-year-old Bangladesh national managed to escape,” he said.

It was when the nurses were doing their rounds in the morning and they realised the patient was missing, he added.

“We took action and alerted the police and Immigration Department, and we managed to locate him.

“Now he is back in the ward and we are looking into how he managed to escape when he was handcuffed," he said.

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