I REFER to the report “MAHB: Not mandatory to do RTK-AG tests at airports” (The Star; April 9; online at https://bit.ly/3xicDh5).
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) as the operator of airports across the country should put up signboards at the entrance of the arrival hall at each of the international facilities clearly stating that passengers are required to do the Covid-19 rapid antigen test (RTK-AG) within 24 hours of arrival. It must also be stated clearly that it is not mandatory for the tests to be done at the airport.
It would also be a great help to travellers if the airlines get their flight attendants to make an announcement about the requirement for testing before landing.
As a transparent measure, MAHB should also include the fees for the tests as well as a list of clinics providing the service on the signboards. It may mean going the extra mile to provide this information, but at the end of the day, foreign visitors would depart with a positive impression of their stay in Malaysia.
The service provider should be reasonable with the charges for the tests. To be fair, the same rates should be charged for both Malaysians and foreigners.
I am not wrong to say there has been a lack of communication among local agencies to disseminate information to international arrivals, hence the confusion if there is a need to do RTK test at the airport.
It is also surprising that MAHB has dismissed claims that Covid-19 testing at the airports is not monopolised by certain private healthcare operators. If having only one service provider at each airport is not a monopoly, then what is it?
When travelling, every extra dollar spent unnecessarily is a burden, so please be fair.
WILLIAM DENNIS , Subang Jaya