Staying put to avoid quarantine

I SUPPORT the writer who called for the authorities to “Look at reducing quarantine period” (The Star, Nov 25).

Taking into consideration the coming festive season when most universities will be having their long break, Malaysian students abroad would naturally want to return home to celebrate with their families.

However, many students have chosen to stay put this year instead of returning because they want to avoid the two-week quarantine imposed on travellers to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

I believe our government has the interest of Malaysians at heart and wants to protect our health and well-being. But would we be able to say we handled the situation in the best possible way if we allow our students to remain in countries where the rate of Covid-19 infection is very high and is expected to increase even further during the festive period?

We also have to consider the mental health of our students who are separated from their loved ones while undergoing quarantine in unfamiliar environments. They should be given the chance to be close to their family to keep them healthy mentally and physically.

Spending time under quarantine and away from their families during the festive season would also defeat the purpose of returning.

Hence, I support the call for giving students the option to quarantine at home under the supervision of their parents and/or guardians. Of course, it must be stressed upon both parties that they strictly follow the rules of quarantine, and I believe they would have the common decency to do so.

I really hope the Health Ministry will consider this matter for the sake of our students’ health, both physical and mental, and to keep the spirit of the approaching festivities alive.

MALAYSIAN , Seremban

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