Self-quarantine should not be an option for Malaysians returning from Singapore, says Johor Amanah chief

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  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

Aminolhuda Hassan

JOHOR BARU: Self-quarantine should not be an option for Malaysians returning from Singapore, says state Parti Amanah Negara chairman Aminolhuda Hassan.

He said allowing those who have recently returned form Singapore to be under self-quarantine was counterproductive and might worsen the spread of Covid-19.

He said that this was based on cases that have occurred in Sarawak, where those under self-quarantine in their own homes had contributed to the spread of Covid-19.

“Previously, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah had suggested that Malaysians in Singapore should stay put on the island republic for another two weeks.

“We agree with this suggestion as this will be a good way to stop the spread of the virus, ” he said in a statement Thursday (April 9).

Aminolhuda added that the party was disappointed when state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that those returning could serve their quarantine period at home.

Vidyananthan made the statement on Tuesday (April 7), urging those who have returned to be disciplined during their self-quarantine period.

Aminolhuda said that they are questioning the stance the state government is taking by allowing such a procedure.

"We are urging the state government to take a proactive approach and rethink the process of accepting those returning from Singapore.

"Or have negotiations with the Singapore government to have our workers remain there," he said, adding that the state government should also look to the assistance of the Federal Government if it is unable to hold negotiations with Singapore.

The Star reported on Wednesday that Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said that an estimate of 40,000 Malaysians were working in Singapore, with 11,698 having already returned as of April 6.

Hamzah had said that all those returning are required to undergo a health screening in Singapore before returning to Malaysia.

“Once here, the Health Department will conduct another health screening and make sure that they undergo a 14-day quarantine, ” he said, adding that the decision on whether to quarantine the Malaysians at their homes or at centres was made by the Health Ministry.

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