MP aghast ship with crew from high-risk countries allowed to dock in Bintulu


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Aug 2020

MIRI: Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing says it is extremely worrying that a ship with foreign crew from high-risk Covid-19 countries was allowed to dock at Bintulu Port in northern Sarawak.

He said on Saturday (Aug 22) that there was negligence involved and claimed that this was not the first time such an incident had happened.

"It has been confirmed that at least four crew members of a foreign oil tanker in Bintulu contracted Covid-19 on board (two days ago).

"The frivolous attitude that led to the docking of the foreign oil tanker in Bintulu is extremely worrying and disappointing.

"In this particular case, all the crew members on board were from countries that are listed as high-risk for coronavirus (Covid-19).

"How could they have been allowed to dock in the port?

"The Bintulu Health Department must take this seriously and exercise full precautionary measures to contain a possible outbreak," he said in a statement.

Tiong said he had already written before to the Health Department to be more stringent in enforcement and detection of Covid-19 cases in Bintulu Port with so many ships operating with crews from many countries.

He called on the State Disaster Relief Management Committee to implement tighter control measures at the port.

"It is a health threat to the locals if more imported Covid-19 cases end up in our state," he said.

Four out of the 22 crew members on board the Seri Alam oil tanker were sent to the Bintulu Hospital isolation ward on Wednesday after being found positive with Covid-19.

The rest of the crew are still being tested.

The ship came from Japan and docked at Bintulu Port after a transit in Labuan.

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