All foreign workers in four states and two Federal Territories in Malaysia will have to undergo compulsory Covid-19 screening from 1 December. Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the screening would cover foreign workers employed in Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.
“The Human Resources Ministry had presented the schedules and mechanism for the screening in today’s special National Security Council (NSC) meeting. “I was made to understand that the first screening will be limited to 100,000 to avoid congestions,” he told a media briefing in Putrajaya. He said that employers must schedule an appointment with the respective private medical facilities in order for their foreign workers to undergo the rapid test kit (RTK) antigen testing in accordance with the standard operating procedure stipulated by the Ministry of Health. He also said the cost of the swab test will be borne by both employers and the Social Security Organisation.