Help with mass Covid-19 screening or face action, employers told


PUTRAJAYA: Employers have been urged to cooperate with the government in its mass Covid-19 screening exercise or risk court action.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said companies would suffer if their businesses were ordered to be closed if an employee was infected by the virus.

“We find that some employers have been uncooperative during this exercise.

"I urge employers to work with the Human Resources Ministry and the Health Ministry.

“If your workers test positive for Covid-19, your factories have to be shut down. Therefore, it is better for you to work with us.

“The loss that you suffer from the closure of your factories or businesses will be far worse.

“We have asked the Attorney-General Chambers to see what sort of action we can take against employers who refuse to cooperate, ” said Ismail at a press conference on Tuesday (Dec 15).

He said between Dec 1 to Dec 14, over 17,000 workers had undergone the mass Covid-19 screening exercise.

“Of that total, 555 workers have tested positive for Covid-19. About 663 factories as well as 652 clinics have been involved in this exercise by the Human Resources Ministry, ” said Ismail.

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