Illegal foreigners wary of being vaccinated

by | Aug 10, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Although permitted for walk-in vaccinations, some illegal foreigners are not getting vaccinated against Covid-19 in fear of being apprehended.

Immigrants like Nina, an Indonesian having an expired tourist visa, told that undocumented people are encountering a lot of travelling hardship to get vaccinated.

She said due to the stigma that foreigners are likely to spread the virus, taxis and e-hailing drivers do not want to fetch them.

The woman who lives in Banting, Kuala Langat, was able to register for her vaccine through the MySejahtera app.

“Although I am also here illegally, I was able to register through the MySejahtera application because I have a passport,” she added.

But for her friends who chose to sneakily enter Malaysia are without passports, hence are unable to register in MySejahtera.

N. Sadasivam, an illegal foreigner in Malaysia for seven years, got a hold of a taxi but pulled out as he approached a parked police car. He explained that his friends did not want to take a risk of being stopped, so decided to head back.

Marilyn Nu, a member of the Malaysia Karen Organisation, said that they were able to register foreigners with their community membership card number. However, with first dose appointments already set, staff at the centres rejected their community cards.