Sunday, May 17, 2009

Need for tighter checks on arrivals

Malaysia needs to impose tight screening at airports, especially on passengers coming in from the United States and other countries affected by the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

“The problem with an open economy like ours is that it makes this more difficult as they could be coming from anywhere and not necessarily where they initially started their journey.”

As such, he said Malaysia must also trace possible infections occurring, especially on flights from the United States or other countries affected by the epidemic.

Najib urged others who were on the same flight as the two Malaysians infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus to report to the Health Department or the nearest hospital.

“They have to do so as soon as possible because they can be infected without realising it,” he told a press conference after chairing the Selangor Umno liaison committee meeting here yesterday.

This was the committee’s first meeting since Najib took over as chairman from Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib after Umno’s polls in March.

In Kuala Lumpur, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the A (H1N1) situation was under control and the country’s medical personnel and facilities could handle any contingency.

Kong, who is acting Health Minister, said the 21-year-old student who was the first confirmed A (H1N1) case was responding well to medication.

Speaking after launching the Internatio-nal Wesak Cultural Night yesterday, he urged non-governmental organisations including religious organisations to work together to help promote multi-cultural and multi-religious harmony in the country.

On the Perak political crisis, Kong who is Perak MCA chairman said that the party would respect the rule of law and wait for the court process to take its course.

Source : STAR
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