A SECTION of the Selarang Park drug rehabilitation centre is being prepared to hold recalcitrant SARS quarantine-breakers, under tough new laws expected to be passed by the parliament yesterday.
“A dedicated sector at Selarang Park would be isolated for use to hold these offenders,” a ministry spokesman said.
In its response on Wednesday, the Home Affairs Ministry explained the rationale behind home quarantine orders and said these measures were to protect those being quarantined as well as their families and the general public.
“We cannot run the risk of allowing those who breach these orders to run around and go undetected for SARS, or worse, infect others,” he said.
The amendments to the Infectious Diseases Act will allow for fines and jail terms for those who breach quarantine orders; hence the plans being made at Selarang Park. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network