Unit owners livid after hotel in mixed development area picked for Covid-19 quarantine

PETALING JAYA: Owners of a stratified mixed development complex here are livid that a hotel within its compound was designated as a Covid-19 quarantine centre for Malaysians returning from overseas.

A SOHO unit owner who only wanted to be identified as Eng said the 2,500-odd residents of the 789 units in two blocks were at risk of contracting the virus should the hotel house potentially infected individuals.

In the last 24 hours, Eng said they have collected objections from 150 owners through a WhatsApp group.

“The government’s gazette of the declaration of quarantine stations on April 4 came as a shock to us, because serviced apartments within a hotel and mixed development area should not be included.

“Apart from the residential units, we have several retail shops and food and beverage establishments in the vicinity, with a mobile population of more than 2,000 people.

“The health risk to us residents and tenants living here should not be underestimated.

“Tenants are already threatening to move out, ” Eng told The Star.

He said with the hundreds of standalone hotels and serviced apartments within the Klang Valley currently suffering from low occupancy, these could be roped in as quarantine centres aside from the 49 hotels listed in the gazette.

“Upon checking with the management of the complex, the joint management body (JMB) was not consulted at all about this matter.

“They were only verbally notified by the hotel management, ” he added.

Eng said they shared their concern with the hotel’s management, the Health Ministry and the Malaysian Association of Hotels but have yet to receive any reply.

“Our JMB was informed that some 250 returning Malaysians from overseas were supposed to be sent in (for quarantine) here, but it has not happened yet, ” he added.

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