Johor MPs urge state govt to waive quarantine fee for the poor in the state


  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Opposition MPs urged the government to waive off the mandatory quarantine fee for Johoreans in the low-income group.

Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasrullah Md Nasir pointed out that there were jobless Malaysians who were stuck in Singapore after the borders were closed on March 18 when the movement control order (MCO) was enforced.

He also said there were Malaysians who chose not to return to the country since March, because they could not cross the causeway on foot.

“These people are the elderly, women and children, ” he told reporters during a press conference in Parliament on Monday (Aug 3).

He also said that the maximum subsidised quarantine fee of RM2,100, or 44.7% of the total bill, was a burden to poor Malaysians.

At the same time, Akmal questioned why wouldn’t the Johor state government bear the quarantine costs for poor Malaysians, as it was done by the Sarawak state government.

“Why is Sarawak still subsidising the quarantine costs for those returning from overseas? If the Federal Government is refusing to bear the quarantine costs, why wouldn’t the Johor state government take up that responsibility?” he questioned.

“Don’t punish others for the failure of some to abide by home quarantine rules, ” he added.

Pulai MP Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub pointed out that a majority of Malaysians stuck in Singapore were motorcycle riders, as he said there were 300,000 of them crossing over to the border on a daily basis.

He said that the Opposition is merely requesting the government bear the quarantine costs, as these were Malaysians merely looking to make a living in Singapore.

“They are from the poor group. I hope the government will consider waiving the quarantine costs for them, ” he added.

On July 29, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the payment for the quarantine was for hotel room charges and the costs of three meals per day.

He said the total estimated cost for quarantine at designated stations was RM4,700 per person.

While Malaysians were enjoying a 44.7% subsidy, Ismail said foreigners who were allowed to return to Malaysia will be compelled to bear the full cost of the quarantine.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Nation

Employer who allegedly assaulted bodyguards apologises
Viral 'police cartel' list is fake, ex-cop nabbed for allegedly spreading it, says Bukit Aman
Housewife losses RM500 in Hari Raya cookie scam
Ismail Sabri: 72 compounded for SOP violations on Friday (April 16)
Covid-19: Over 1,000 new cases from Klang Valley on Saturday (April 17)
EMCO to be imposed in multiple areas nationwide from April 18-May 1
Probe into Neelofa's wedding continues after DPP returns investigation paper to cops
Covid-19: 99 secondary school students in Selangau, Sarawak infected in new cluster
Bodyguard assault case: Dang Wangi cops to complete probe by Monday (April 19)
Covid-19: Cases up by 2,331, bringing total to 372,859 (updated daily)

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers