Ismail Sabri: No more quarantine for Malaysian oil rig workers, requirement stands for foreigners

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians oil and gas workers are no longer required to undergo mandatory quarantine when signing on or off from offshore platforms, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

"Malaysians only need to take swab tests before they sign-on to the platforms and do not need to be quarantined. When they are supposed to return onshore, they do not need to be quarantined and can return to their hometowns after being screened," the Senior Minister (Security) said at a press conference here, Tuesday (Aug 25).

Foreigners, however, are still required to take the swab test and undergo 14 days' quarantine.

"The special meeting of ministers has given the green light for Malaysian workers in the oil and gas industry for this sign-off and sign-on process," he said.

The oil and gas industry is considered an essential industry and has been operating throughout all phases of the movement control order (MCO).

However, its workers were subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine orders before they were sent offshore in a move to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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