M’sia is Also Now Reporting (Illegal) Migrant Worker COVID-19 Clusters in Construction Sites

Some of you may already know this but might still freak out at the numbers.

Ready?

As of 26 May, Singapore still has over 15,000 active cases of COVID-19 according to the Ministry of Health’s website.

While it does sound pretty terrifying, it’s actually a lot better than before. To combat those figures, we actually have over 16,000 discharged from the virus!

A little hope never hurt anyone.

But have you ever wondered how our neighbouring friend Malaysia has been holding up?

A Few New Cases

Most of the new ones aren’t exactly local.

According to CNA, the country reported around 187 new cases on 26 May. This brings the total cases to around 7,604.

Most of these cases seem to come from illegal migrants held at detention centres. Among them, the ministry mentioned that 155 cases were at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot.

Thankfully, no deaths were among any of the new cases and only four of these were local ones.

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However, three clusters were identified at construction sites, with 88 positive cases so far mostly involving foreign workers.

Wait, doesn’t that sound familiar…?

Being in close and cramped spaces doesn’t help since the virus can spread much more easily that way. Improper sanitation where the workers stay at could also contribute to this factor.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah shares the sentiment and even spoke at a press conference about the situation.

He urges good healthcare practices to be carried out not only at workplaces but at living quarters as well.

The writer is nodding in hard agreement while his desk is also a mess.

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“The SOP (standard operating procedure) compliance at work will mean nothing if employers are not proactive in ensuring preventive measures are also practised by their workers at their accommodation,” Dr Noor also adds.

Based on numbers, you’re thinking, “Wow! Malaysia has a lot less COVID-19 cases! Maybe go there and kai-kai better than doing it in Singapore.

I think not.

Not Worth The Trip

You can click here to check out the full reason, but we’ll do a quick break down.

Basically, anyone trying to enter Malaysia past 1 June must pay for a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Yeah, you heard right, pay for quarantine.


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And it’s S$684.11 to boot.

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Everyone must sign an agreement letter for payment of the quarantine accommodation cost prior to entering the country. Just to make sure you know what you’re getting into.

And instead of worrying about not getting the perfect plate of Nasi Kandar in Malaysia, worry about Phase One first and trudge through that.

Besides, let’s just be considerate and not potentially bring the number of their virus cases up as well.

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