A man believed to be a Rohingya is reportedly has escaped from a quarantine centre at the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Training Institute in Tanjung Rambutan recently.
According to Ipoh district police chief ACP A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the man in his mid 20’s was found to be missing when a health staff spotted the absence after making his rounds.
The suspect was initially placed at the quarantine centre a day before on Saturday after being detained by the district police at a roadblock at along the North-South Expressway and was admitted to Slim River Hospital for having COVID-19 symptoms. However, after screening the suspect was found not to be positive but yet was sent back to the quarantine centre to be quarantined for 14 days.
Upon checking at the centre, the suspect did not possess any identification documents and only filled out his name and passport number on the form provided. Tracing the whereabouts of the man is still underway.
Investigations revealed that the quarantine centre which housed 57 people, was still awaiting swab test results for the individuals including the escapee. Foreign and illegal migrant with Covid-19 currently makes the bulk of new cases in Malaysia, with call from top level officials to people on the street calling for better management of situation. Loose security in quarantine centres will only lead to more instances like this one to repeat, lets remind ourselves that just one person can cause an outbreak!