Seeking more details about quarantine policy

I’M referring to your report “Covid-19: Don’t try to catch Omicron just because it is milder, says KJ” (Jan 16; online at

To many of us overseas Malaysians who have not seen our families for ages, this sounds like a very contradictory message particularly in light of the Health Minister’s recent announcement that double-vaxxed people who have been infected in the last 11 to 60 days before arriving in Malaysia are exempted from quarantine.

The Health Minister’s silence on whether triple-vaxxed people who have never been infected are going to be given the same quarantine exemption is deafening for us.

I concur with a recent letter to the editor I read that people wanting to travel to Malaysia will be “encouraged” to try to catch Omicron so that they can receive this exemption, “At risk of creating double standards in quarantine ruling” (The Star, Jan 14; online at

It does not help that Omicron is also perceived to be milder. As it is, getting the booster shot and diligently taking precautionary steps to prevent catching the virus bears no merit in terms of quarantine on arrival, so why bother?

This is the common sentiment among many overseas Malaysians as well as Malaysians wanting to travel overseas whom I know.

We have not seen our families for ages, and serving a one-week quarantine is burdensome because of limited annual leave. It does not seem right that the only way to get around the quarantine is to have been infected before.

I think Khairy owes the public an explanation for this sudden policy change in quarantine requirements. All he said was that this was in line with what other countries are doing without even naming which countries he was referring to. And he also presented no scientific evidence to prove that people infected in the last 11 to 60 days can’t still be re-infected or infectious.



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