B40 students can apply for quarantine charges exemption

PETALING JAYA: Besides OKU (persons with disabilities) card holders, students from B40 background can also apply for exemption from paying quarantine charges, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, eligible students must inform the secretariat on duty, and checks would then be made through cross-referencing data from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

"After verification has been done, the eligible student will be given an approval letter which needs to be submitted to the hotel when registering for a room.

"Meanwhile, for students who have graduated, only those who are under sponsorship do not need to pay quarantine charges because the costs are borne by the sponsors," said Ismail in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 4).

Quarantine charges at all designated quarantine stations, be it hotels or public training institutes (ILA), were the same, he clarified.

He said those who refused to pay quarantine charges or sign the payment agreement would be sent to ILA, as these stations were government-owned and the individuals could be placed there without having to put down a deposit.

"This is to avoid the individuals from being exposed to the public.

"At the ILA, they would have to pay the quarantine charge of RM150 daily for 14 days, and failure to do so will cause them to be issued a compound of RM1,000 and be subjected to court action," he added.

Ismail also said that on Monday (Aug 3), police took cumulative action against 80 individuals who were undergoing home quarantine for flouting the standard operating procedure (SOP).

As of Monday (Aug 3), the police had conducted 2,078 checks on individuals undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home, he said.

"The police, along with the Health Ministry officers, will often conduct checks and monitoring on the individuals involved to ensure compliance with the SOP," he said.

From July 24 until Monday (Aug 3), a total of 5,281 individuals had returned to Malaysia via international borders and all had been placed in 21 hotels and five ILA in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Pulau Pinang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Selangor, Perak and Johor.

Out of that number, 13 individuals had been sent to the hospital for treatment so far, said Ismail.

Previously, from June 10 onwards, the government allowed returnees who tested negative upon arrival in the country to undergo their mandatory quarantine at home.

However, starting June 24, all those returning to Malaysia from overseas have to undergo their mandatory quarantine in hotels or quarantine centres, after authorities uncovered several cases of people leaving their homes during quarantine.

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