Immigration Raids Will Expand Malaysia’s Covid-19 ‘Blind Spot’: Expert

Dr Christopher Lee says immigration raids will drive migrant workers underground.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — An infectious disease expert today criticised immigration raids on undocumented migrant workers at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market in Selayang.

Dr Christopher Lee, who is also former Health deputy director-general, said this would make it more difficult to track Covid-19 infections among the community that may move to new locations, even as health authorities have reported increasing cases involving foreign workers.

Bernama reported a raid yesterday at the Selayang market. Some areas in Kuala Lumpur, which have been put under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) like Malayan Mansion and Selangor Mansion in Masjid India, as well as Menara City One, were previously raided and hundreds of undocumented migrant workers were detained.

Some human rights organisations have raised their concerns over the operations as children as young as one were also detained.

It is to be noted that out of 70 new Covid-19 cases reported yesterday, 31 were foreigners. Health authorities have previously reported Covid-19 clusters at a factory in Pedas, Negri Sembilan; a construction site in Ampang here; another construction site in Setia Alam, Selangor; and a security guard cluster at a shopping centre in Cheras.

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