Covid-19: 20 Immigration officers test positive

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Almost 3,500 Immigration Department officers had undergone Covid-19 screening as of Nov 25, with 3,000 of them quarantined and 20 being treated after testing positive.

Its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said Immigration personnel being frontliners faced risks of being exposed to the virus because they are in close contact with foreigners and illegal immigrants, whose health conditions were unknown.

However, he said, the department remained committed to implementing the government’s foreign entry policy, decided through the National Security Council, which saw 1,332 imported positive cases detected as of Nov 30.

"Not only as the first guardians of the country’s entry point to face foreign visitors who pose the risk of carrying Covid-19, they are also directly involved in tasks related to the control and prevention of the pandemic,” he said in a statement in conjunction with Immigration Day 2020 celebration on Tuesday (Dec 1).

He said the department’s involvement could be seen in areas with many foreign nationals, and foreign national’s treatment and quarantine centres such as the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang as well as enforcement operations in enhanced movement control order (MCO) areas.

He said from January to Nov 30 this year, the Immigration had carried out 6,379 enforcement operations nationwide, involving inspections of 93,475 individuals and detentions of 34,920 illegal immigrants and 376 employers.

In conjunction with the celebration, Khairul Dzaimee also launched Imigration's Anti-Corruption Plan 2020-2024, which focused on a more transparent governance and making high integrity as a way of life, in carrying out the duty as a law enforcer.

To support the digitalisation initiative in government services and the applying new norms, he said the department had developed several systems such as an online appointment system (STO) and online enquiry system (SPO).

He added the department was always keeping up with technology to ensure its delivery could be improved and operation costs reduced. - Bernama

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