Foreign workers in Klang and Seremban to be screened in stages

PETALING JAYA: Foreign workers in Klang and Seremban will undergo the mandatory Covid-19 screening beginning Tuesday, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

According to Saravanan, screenings in other red zones in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang would begin on Dec 9.

“The non-red zones in Selangor, Penang and Negri Sembilan, as well as the entire state of Sabah and Labuan, will have their Covid-19 screenings beginning from Dec 16.

“The screenings will take place in stages with focus on high-risk districts, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Saravanan said the programme was targeting red zone localities with dense population of migrant workers.

He added that screening would be carried out by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) with the cooperation of private hospitals and clinics.

“It will be using the Rapid Test Kit Antigen method that has been approved by the Health Ministry with the costs of the test kits borne by Socso.

“The employer only has to bear the service costs that the clinic or hospital charges.

“In the case of migrant workers who are not Socso contributors, the screening costs must be shouldered entirely by the employers, ” Saravanan said.

Saravanan also said that the programme was enforced under the Workers Housing and Accommodation Minimum Standard Act 1990 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among migrant workers.

All updated information on the programme can be accessed on

Public enquiries can be directed via email or hotline 1-300-22-8000/ 03-4264 5089.

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