Police to question agent of four Covid-19 positive Indonesians who fled Sarawak

Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail (Sarawak PDRM Pic)
By Emma Victoria

POLICE are investigating a woman, believed to be the agent of the four Indonesian women who fled Sarawak and returned to Indonesia after testing positive for Covid-19 in Sibu on Wednesday.

Sarawak Police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said although the local woman denied knowing the foreigners, further investigations will be conducted once she completes her quarantine.

“The woman said she didn’t know them, but she might be lying,” he said, adding that the woman was quarantined as she was a close contact of the confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, a private hospital had confirmed the four Indonesians tested positive and informed the state health authorities. But, they failed to trace the whereabouts of the foreigners and a police report was lodged.

Based on initial investigations, they took a bus from Sibu to Serian on Wednesday and are believed to have returned to their home country via a ‘jalan tikus’ along the Sarawak–West Kalimantan border.

Authorities have activated their contact tracings to detect passengers who were on the same bus with the four women.