Multiple videos showing an extremely long queue outside a healthcare specialist centre that offers COVID-19 testing services are going viral on Twitter
A video, posted by Mukhzani Alia this morning, 6 May, shows the length of the queue that stretches over hundreds of metres in Glenmarie, Subang.
It was filmed from inside a moving car and the almost two-minute long video could not even show the end of the line. Mukhzani said the total length of the line spanned about 1.2km.
Many people seen in the video were not practising social distancing. It is a direct violation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), whereby everyone in Malaysia must keep a distance of at least one metre between each other in public places and business premises.
The viral tweet that carried the video noted that the people should not be blamed for failing to practise social distancing
Instead, the Twitter user singled out two Cabinet ministers and claimed that the long queue was the result of poor planning by the government.
On Monday, 4 May, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all foreign workers must undergo COVID-19 testing before resuming work
New Straits Times reported that employers must bear the cost of the testing.
However, after receiving public complaints about the move, Ismail said in a follow-up statement that the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) will cover the cost of the tests since about 60% of foreigners who are employed here contribute to it, reported The Star.
"We are doing this because we are looking after the interests of all Malaysians," said the Senior Minister in a press conference yesterday, 5 May.
"We need to make sure foreign workers are tested so that there will be no spike in cases."
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