Don't want to pay quarantine charges? Then no hotels but public training institutes for returnees instead

PUTRAJAYA: Individuals returning to Malaysia who refuse to sign a letter of undertaking to pay quarantine charges will be sent to public training institutes instead of hotels for their 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said this is because these facilities belong to the government, and these individuals can be placed there without having to pay a deposit up front.

"While being quarantined, they will be given 14 days to settle the charges of RM150 a day, failing which, authorities can slap them with a RM1,000 compound and court action," he said in a statement.

Ismail Sabri pointed out that quarantine charges at hotels or at public training institutes are of the same amount.

The estimated cost for quarantine at designated stations is RM4,700.

For Malaysian citizens, they will have to pay RM2,100, or 44.7% of the cost, while the remainder will be borne by the government.

For foreigners of certain categories allowed to enter Malaysia during the recovery movement control order (MCO), they are to pay the full cost of quarantine.

Previously, the government had issues with individuals, including foreigners and foreign spouses and family members of Malaysian citizens paying their quarantine bills.

The Immigration Department had warned that it would revoke the long-term visit pass of any foreigners who refused to pay the cost of quarantine.

Ismail Sabri also said that aside from people with disabilities who are registered with the Welfare Department, only students from B40 families can seek exemption from paying quarantine costs.

Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, students are to inform the secretariat who will check with the Inland Revenue Board database.

"After this has been verified, the eligible student will be given an approval form to be handed over to the hotel for room registration.

"For those who have completed their studies, only students who have sponsorship need not pay for quarantine cost, as it will be borne by their sponsors," he said.

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