Screening until end of March

PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 screening programme for foreign workers is set to be extended until the end of March, says Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan (pic).

He said the programme initially covered four high-risk states and two federal territories, namely Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur as well as Labuan, which ended yesterday.

Employers who refuse to comply with the requirements will face the risk of not being able to renew their foreign workers’ Temporary Working Visit Pass (PLKS).

“Now that the programme is nationwide, employers can do so until the end of March, ” he said yesterday.

Previously, Saravanan said that employers who bear the cost of Covid-19 screening for their foreign workers will get tax exemption for payments made for the medical screening.

This followed the high number of Covid-19 cases at several workplace-related clusters across the country.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had said that employers and companies play a big role in curbing the transmission of Covid-19 in the workplace.

“Proactive measures taken by employers in conducting Covid-19 screenings for their workers can enable the detection of asymptomatic positive cases among workers, ” he added.

The Human Resources Ministry said the requirement for employers to get foreign workers screened is in accordance with Section 11 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

According to Saravanan, more than 1.1 million foreign workers have undergone Covid-19 screenings across the country as of yesterday.

“We hope employers will give their full cooperation and come together to help us in curbing the spread of Covid-19, ” he said.

The authorities previously conducted checks and found that some employers had still failed to comply with the government order requiring all foreign workers to undergo Covid-19 screenings.

In December last year, Saravanan announced that all employers are required to screen their foreign workers to address the spread of the pandemic.

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