Johor MB calls for home quarantine for vaccinated returning Malaysians

JOHOR BARU: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad has joined a chorus of state leaders who want fully vaccinated Malaysians from Singapore to undergo quarantine at home.

He said in a Tweet that the present compulsory quarantine at a centre should instead be given home quarantine.

"Fully vaccinated Malaysians returning from Singapore should complete their 14-days quarantine at home," he tweeted on Monday (Aug 2).

Hasni said this in a re-tweet of a news article on the matter.

The Star had earlier reported two state executive councillors, Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan and Johor investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resources committee chairman Datuk Mohd Izhar Ahmad making similar calls.

Vidyananthan said the move would not only allow them to save money, but also spend more time with their families during the home quarantine period.

“This pandemic has caused a lot of hardship, especially to families living apart since March last year.

“We can understand the mental and emotional anguish faced by the thousands of Malaysians in Singapore,” he said.

Last Wednesday (July 28), Izhar said it was about time this decision was reviewed to give some leeway to those fully vaccinated.

“We have discussed this in a special meeting with Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, and hope that the Federal Government will look into our proposal on this matter.

“We also want to help ease the financial burden of the vaccinated Malaysians who want to return home,” he said.

Currently, a person returning to Malaysia and going back to Singapore would need to be quarantined for 28 days (14 days in Malaysia and 14 days in Singapore) at a designated facility.

The cost is about RM2,200 on the Malaysian side and S$2,200 (RM6,600) on the Singaporean side.

Earlier, the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) required Malaysians to serve only a seven-day home quarantine and undergo a swab test.

However, since May 13, Malaysia imposed a strict 14-day quarantine for those entering from Singapore, after the country reported the spread of new viral variants in the community.

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