Home owners at Klang apartment block worry about Nepali workers quarantined there


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  • Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

KLANG: Home owners at the Prima Bayu Apartments near here feel it will be better if the 30 Nepali workers currently quarantined there are moved to a location closer to the Sungai Buloh Hospital as it is the treatment centre for Covid-19 patients.

This is because the 30 men are all employees of a factory in Port Klang and were housemates and colleagues with 21 other Nepalis who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Their employer had rented seven units in the apartments’ two blocks to house their approximately 50 Nepali workers, and residents worry that the 30 men could test positive and not know they are ill.

One of the residents is 63-year-old Lusia Savarimuthu, who is an immediate neighbour to some of the Nepalis.

She said two of her neighbours had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Apart from the unit next door, there is another unit a few doors away and two or three more Nepalis living there had also tested positive," she added.

Lucia added that she does not dry her clothes at the balcony any more or even open the balcony door.

“Their balcony is just next to mine and I can see the quarantined men standing there smoking and speaking on the phone," said Lusia.

Another resident is 49-year-old Jessica Goh, who said that most of the residents there have become increasingly fearful of getting infected and added that she felt sad for the 30 Nepalis still living there.

She said it was unfortunate that they were in a tight spot with many residents not wanting them there.

“They never asked to be infected and I hope the 21 men who are positive heal quickly and the remaining 30 remain negative. They are all young and I hope that will help the healing process as well as boost their immunity," she added.

They 21 men had tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday during a routine testing conducted by their employer whilst the remaining 30 tested negative.

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