SIBU: Authorities are unable to contact more than 100 people in Bintulu who tested positive for Covid-19 from April 12-21, says Datuk Tiong King Sing.
The Bintulu MP said they have been uncontactable, as they most likely provided false personal information including their residential address and contact details.
"Hospital staff are unable to contact them to arrange for quarantine, isolation and treatment procedure," he said in a Facebook post.
He is giving them 24 hours to turn up at the Emergency Department of Bintulu Hospital.
Failure to do so will result in the police conducting a thorough search and arrest of these violators and bring them to court, he added.
"These Covid-19 positive individuals must be aware that besides infecting their families, they are also putting the entire community at risk by blatantly ignoring the diagnosis and walking around," he said.
He said anyone found giving false data and information to mislead the health authorities must be held responsible for their selfish behaviour and has to face the law.
"The public must also do their part by discouraging this behaviour and reporting the relevant persons' whereabouts to the authorities," he said.
Tiong also regretted that there are companies and businesses in Bintulu which try to prevent their operations from being suspended by forcing their workers to lie about where they work if they have the coronavirus.
"Some supermarkets have been known to 'conspire' with their workers by deleting shift records if anyone is infected. They will then restore (the records) again after the individual recovered and is back to work. This is highly irresponsible and they should face the full brunt of the law," he said.
He said once a positive case is detected, companies and businesses must take responsibility by preventing an outbreak of the disease.
"If a confirmed case occurs at a worksite, the company must actively help to bear the burden. This includes spending for the necessary 14-day quarantine period with food and other needs. However, many companies not only flout this responsibility, but also ignore the importance of following the SOP," he said.
He said companies should stop the blame game and stop complaining about the SOP by setting a better example in SOP compliance.
"These businesses exhibit the very worst of those who violate the orders, energy and efforts spent to contain this dangerous coronavirus in Bintulu. Public funds would need to be used to disinfect and sanitise companies with positive cases among workers, ' he said.
However, it is worse when infected workers give false information, making it extremely difficult to trace and isolate them, he added.
In this critical period in fighting the pandemic, Tiong urged all parties to shed their lackadaisical attitude and not to behave as if the matter does not concern them.