Don’t burden returning students further

  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

I REFER to the government’s announcement that from June 1, everyone entering Malaysia has to pay RM150 for each day of their mandatory two-week quarantine, with Malaysian citizens paying 50% of this charge.

As a parent with a child who will be returning from overseas because his university is on a break, I strongly object to this fee. Why this change when the government had previously paid for all Malaysians it quarantined upon returning home?

If this is about prudent expenditure, would it not have been better to place those quarantined in more affordable accommodation from the start of this exercise rather than burden those who are only able to return after June 1?

The government’s one-size-fits-all approach also does not take into account the differing socioeconomic situations of its citizens. If a fee is indeed going to be mandated, the government has to ensure that it does not further burden those who are already struggling to make ends meet under Covid-19 restrictions. To do so would demonstrate a lack of compassion that is much needed during these times.

I urge the government to look into this matter and resolve it before June 1. Many of my son’s friends are opting to come back to Malaysia this summer. Some summer internships have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no reason for them to remain overseas.

The students are now concerned about how they are going to pay the additional fee, which they have not budgeted for. Please do not burden us further.


Petaling Jaya

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