JOHOR BARU: The government should consider covering the full cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine for Malaysian citizens returning from Singapore, says Batu MP P. Prabakaran (pic).
Prabakaran said that there are dozens of Malaysians currently stranded in Singapore but are unable to return as they could not afford to pay for the quarantine.
"Some have already lost their jobs in the island republic but could not return as they do not have enough money. The government should step forward and help its citizens in dealing with the financial burden," he said at Johor Baru Central here on Saturday (Aug 1).
On Tuesday (July 28), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the average cost for each individual undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine was RM4,700.
He said Malaysian citizens were only required to pay a maximum of RM2,100.
"This includes hotel room charges and three meals a day. The payment is 44.7% of the total cost.
The government bears the remaining cost of 56.3%, or RM2,600," said Ismail Sabri.
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