Vaccinating Asia: Millions of undocumented migrants in Malaysia keen on Covid-19 jab but wary of arrest

Police detaining foreign workers during an operation to ensure compliance with Covid-19 curbs at a construction site in Penang in February.
Police detaining foreign workers during an operation to ensure compliance with Covid-19 curbs at a construction site in Penang in February.PHOTO: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR - Millions of migrant workers in Malaysia - most of them undocumented - are keen to take the Covid-19 vaccine that the government has offered for free, but are seeking stronger guarantees that they will not be arrested when they turn up for vaccination.

Estimated to number around three million, or nearly 10 per cent of the country's population of 33 million, undocumented migrants account for 30 per cent to 50 per cent of Covid-19 cases reported daily.

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