Self-quarantine, Malaysians returning from Singapore told

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

Malaysians returning from Singapore waiting for health officers to check their documents at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The state government wants Malaysians working in Singapore who returned following the republic’s lockdown until May 4 to self-quarantine at home.

Health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said they are not allowed to leave their homes for non-essential purposes during the quarantine period.

“Follow guidelines from the state government during the movement control order (MCO) period here, including not leaving the house unless for urgent business. Wash hands frequently as well as practise social distancing.

“They should also monitor themselves for any Covid-19 symptoms and inform health officers if they have fever, cough or cold, ” he said.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier announced that most workplaces will be closed from Tuesday and all schools would move to full home-based learning a day later.

He said except for key economic sectors and essential services such as restaurants, markets, supermarkets, clinics, hospitals, utilities, transportation and banks, all other work premises will be closed for a month.

On an unrelated matter, Vidyananthan said a total of 946 complaints related to companies not abiding by the MCO were reported since its implementation on March 18.

He said among complaints received included companies that are operating without permission letters from the authorities, companies not classified under essential services that continue to operate, companies that have laid off their workers, companies that have failed to pay their workers during the MCO, companies that forced workers to take unpaid leave as well as companies that failed to follow regulations set by the authorities.

“As of Monday, about 34 of the complaints were investigated and we found that only four employers were found guilty of violating the MCO, ” he said, adding that the employers were given notices to shut down.

Vidyananthan said a special committee comprising state Labour Department and Occupational Safety and Health Department were given the authority to take action against companies that failed to abide by the MCO.

Meanwhile, he said Johor has exempted parents with children at childcare centres under the state Unity and National Integration Department from paying fees from March to June this year.

“Since the MCO, a total of 4,521 children were affected due to the shutdown of 206 Tabika Perpaduan and two Taska Genius Perpaduan across the state, ” he said.

He said some 814 Neighbourhood Watch Committees and Voluntary Patrol Schemes in the state were ordered to postpone activities, meetings and operations throughout the MCO period.

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