Total of 110 premises used as quarantine centres in Johor


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  • Friday, 01 May 2020

JOHOR BARU: A total of 110 premises including hotels and public institutions have been gazetted as quarantine centres in Johor.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that 57 of the quarantine centres had been activated, including 43 hotels.

“This includes 33 hotels in the Johor Baru district, six in Kota Tinggi, two in Batu Pahat and one each in Kluang and Mersing.

“The government is spending about RM150 a day for the accommodation as well as the three daily meals of each individual placed at the quarantine centres, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

On a separate matter, Vidyananthan said that some 398 employers in Johor had made applications to lay off or give pay cuts to their workers throughout the movement control order (MCO) period.

He said that per Section 63 of the Employment Act 1955, employers were required to reveal matters related to employment and termination of workers through the Employment Retrenchment Notification (PK) form.

“The applications from the 398 employers will affect an estimated 15,597 employees, ” he said.

“The number includes some 1,443 employees who will be terminated, the voluntary termination of 180 employees, temporary termination of 2,864 employees and pay cuts for some 11,110 employees.”

He added that the state labour department was also monitoring employers and Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ) providers who were directly in charge of preparing accommodation for foreign workers in the state.

“There are 26 CLQs in Johor that have been approved by the state labour department.

“They have received guidelines and standard operating procedures to operate during the MCO period to ensure that Covid-19 does not spread among foreign workers living at the hostels, ” he said.

On the MCO, Vidyananthan said that its compliance rate in Johor remained at 97%.

“Up to Tuesday, some 3,391 people have been arrested for defying the MCO.

“This includes 2,300 individuals who have been charged in court for offences related to the MCO, ” he said.

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