Mass testing a good idea, say residents


PETALING JAYA: It was a relief for engineer KJ Kodisvaran when his swab test for Covid-19 came up negative.

The 33-year-old had gone to Semenyih to be screened as he had been feeling a little unwell recently.

“I was having body aches and a sore throat, so my brother advised me to go for the free screening that was being offered, ” said Kodisvaran, who lives in Broga.

He was one of over 600 people who went to the Bandar Rinching community hall for the Covid-19 screening organised by the Selangor state government.

Kodisvaran said he was very worried when he developed body aches and a cough.

“I have been working from home for about a year now and keep away from crowds, but I was still worried given the high number of cases near my place, ” he added.

Former Hulu Langat MP Datuk Markiman Kobiran also went to the Bandar Rinching community centre with his daughter, son-in-law, grandchild and domestic helper for the mass screening.

“I went because it is my responsibility to support the Selangor state government’s initiative and efforts to detect Covid-19 cases among local communities, ” said Markiman, who was also Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s political secretary during the latter’s tenure as Home Minister and later Defence Minister.

Markiman, 64, said the Selangor state government’s initiative in going to the ground to detect Covid-19 cases was a good move and should be repeated after the current 20-day exercise ends.

Music teacher Mac Leow, 33, and his mother Wong Chew Mooy, 59, went to Saujana Impian in Kajang to be tested after indirectly coming into contact with a relative who is Covid-19 positive.

“My cousin tested positive about two weeks ago and my grandmother who lives with him had visited us just before he was screened, ” said Leow.

Worried that they may have picked up the virus from his grandmother, Leow and his mother decided that they had to be tested even if they did not have any symptoms.

Mother of two Azlina Yaacob, 45, said she decided to go for the screening after her daughter tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

“My daughter’s boss was infected with Covid-19 and because of this, staff members from her entire office were taken for screening at a private clinic. My daughter was found to be positive, ” she said.

She tested negative but was advised by her boss to go for the test again yesterday.

“I tested negative again, ” she said, adding that she was gravely worried about her daughter who has locked herself up in her bedroom while waiting to be contacted by the Health Ministry.

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