A heartfelt thank you from a quarantined expatriate


AS an expat in Malaysia, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the government, especially the Health Ministry, for making my seven-day quarantine experience the smoothest one could hope for.

I immediately started worrying when I found out that to enter Malaysia, I would have to be quarantined for at least seven days.

The thought of being separated from loved ones for another seven days, the loss of freedom, and the anxiety caused by being confined in a small space all ran through my mind when the word “quarantine” came up.

However, I was surprised at how the quarantine period actually made me feel the polar opposite: calm, collected and at peace.

As soon as we touched down in Malaysia and had been processed through immigration, a bus whisked us off to a five-star hotel with the most magnificent view of the Petronas Twin Towers. We were then asked to join a WhatsApp group comprising all of us who were being quarantined there so we would get the latest updates. It also served as a support group that made the experience a far less lonely one.

Every morning at around 7am, we were served breakfast. The protocol was reassuringly strict: The staff member would ring the door bell and leave the food on a chair outside to avoid any physical contact. The same rules applied when delivering lunch and dinner.

For many, the food was scrumptious and had all the nutrients we needed to keep our body energised but for some foreign nationals, it wasn’t up to par.

However, we were allowed to order food from outside, either through delivery services or from the hotel’s room service menu.

We were not short of any necessities and the experience was indeed a five-star one.

Being apart from loved ones and feeling restricted can take a toll on mental health but Malaysia’s Health Ministry made sure that we were all taken care of by providing us with everything we could possibly need, and for that, thank you.

SAJIAH NAQIB

Kuala Lumpur

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