Use annual leave for quarantine, workers told


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  • Tuesday, 29 Apr 2003

MERSING: Employees ordered to be quarantined for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are to use their annual leave. 

Deputy Human Resources Minister Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said employers on the other hand must approve the leave application without any delay or hassle. 

He said the inability to get leave should not be an excuse for not observing the quarantine order. 

“Everyone should know that this is a killer disease and one way to contain it is to quarantine those who might have been exposed. 

“This is for our own good and I think it is not too much for the workers and employers to follow the order,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Industrial Training Institute here. 

“If the employees have used up their annual leave, they can still apply for unpaid leave.“ 

The Health Ministry has ordered 203 people to be quarantined. They are mostly lorry drivers and others who have visited Singapore’s Pasir Panjang wholesale market recently. 

As of Sunday, 76 people have yet to be traced.  

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