PUTRAJAYA: Any plans to reduce the number of quarantine days for Malaysians returning from Singapore can only be decided by the Health Ministry, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Defence Minister said this is a health-related issue which only the ministry has jurisdiction over.
“We cannot decide on this, the matter will have to be looked into by the health authorities. But I will forward this question to the ministry and they will decide if this is possible, ” he said on Tuesday (Oct 20).
The minister was asked if Malaysia plans to reduce the number of days for Malaysians entering from Singapore to be quarantined.
Last month, Singapore shortened the stay-home notice duration to seven days from 14 days for travellers from low-risk countries in the region, including Malaysia.
The other five countries are Australia, excluding Victoria state, Macau, China, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Ismail Sabri said Malaysians returning from Singapore who feel burdened by the cost of quarantine and swab tests can apply to the Health Ministry for a lower rate.
He, however, said that the cost is the same for Malaysians returning from overseas where quarantine charges are RM150 per person daily.
“We already have a few categories exempted from paying for quarantine charges, including those in the B40 group as well as persons with disabilities.
“If they feel burdened with the cost, they can appeal to the Home Ministry for lesser charges, ” he said in response to a question.
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