Despite state allocations, Sibu hotels reluctant to be used as quarantine centres


SIBU: Hotels here are reluctant to allow their premises to be used to house those who are quarantined for Covid-19 despite offers by the state to bear the costs, says Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew

He noted that the State government had been spending millions of ringgit for those arriving in Sarawak to quarantine in hotels.

However, despite bearing all cost for rooms and meals, hoteliers in Sibu are not offering their facilities.

"Most hoteliers in other cities and towns in Sarawak have cooperated. Even Limbang has more hotels offered than Sibu as quarantine centres," he said in a statement Monday (Jan 11).

Currently, there is only one hotel here, with 180 rooms, being used as a quarantine centre.

He noted if more hotels had opened their doors to support the government's initiative, it could have prevented Covid-19 outbreaks, including the Pasai Cluster.

A woman from Rumah Lingga had on Dec 29 returned from Johor to attend her father's funeral ceremony. She was ordered to undergo quarantine at her longhouse as there was not enough hotel rooms.

She then tested positive on Jan 6, while 42 others from the long house were also infected.

"The non-compliance with the quarantine order to stay at home, and the failure to follow the SOPs (wearing mask, physical distancing and regular hand washing), triggered the latest outbreak," he said.

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