The pink bracelet/tag dilemma

WE read the article titled “Cops: Man with pink bracelet in viral image not breaching quarantine, tag was to enter free trade complex” (The Star, Oct 20; online at with great interest.

We believe similar incidents have happened before, where people were wrongly accused of violating Covid-19 quarantines simply because they were wearing a pink bracelet or tag on their wrist.

Logically, one needs to have a closer look at the tag for details before one can make a judgement. However, it is understandable why most are unwilling to do that in case the person really is someone who is breaking quarantine and might have Covid-19.

Misunderstandings like this can be pretty stressful for the “suspect” before the truth can be revealed, especially when keyboard warriors work overtime on social media.

This is definitely not right, especially at a time like this when many Malaysians’ mental health wellbeing is shaky.

Perhaps any company or organisation that needs to issue identification bracelets for entry/exit, security or other purposes should consider issuing them in other colours at this point in time? Better still, consider other types of identifications rather than bracelets or wrist tags to avoid placing unnecessary stress on staff.


Faculty of Business and Finance, Universiti

Tunku Abdul Rahman

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