Melaka govt says 'no' to using state hotels as Covid-19 quarantine centres


State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Rahmad Mariman

MELAKA: The Melaka government will not allow hotels in the state to be used as quarantine centres for Covid-19 to safeguard the tourism industry.

State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Rahmad Mariman (Umno-Ayer Molek) told the state assembly Wednesday (July 22) that the state government is instead willing to reopen a complex owned by the Public Works Department in Alor Gajah and the Road Transport Department academy at Tiang Dua in Jasin as quarantine centers.

He said the centre in Alor Gajah can accommodate 400 beds, while the one in Tiang Dua can fit 200 beds.

Rahmad said the fees imposed at these two centres are also lower than the RM150 per day fee imposed by hotels.

Meanwhile, a motion for a new honorary award - Pingat Jasa Cemerlang (PJC) - to recognise Covid-19 frontliners and other rescue workers was passed by the Melaka Legislative Assembly.

The motion was tabled by Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali (Umno-Lendu) and was supported by 17 assemblymen during the proceedings Wednesday.

Sulaiman said the novel PJC aims to appreciate all those who have been involved in the fight against Covid-19 as well as rescue and humanitarian missions during floods and other disasters.

He also tabled a motion to debut a new top honorary award - Darjah Seri Paduka Setia Melaka (SPSM) - that carries the title “Seri Setia" for individuals who have been appointed as Yang-di Pertua Negeri.

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