Malaysians working in Singapore can request for home quarantine when they return to the country, subject to the Health Ministry’s approval.
Malaysian-Singapore Workers (Pemas) Task Force president Dayalan Sreebalan said this was due to the low number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore as well as the higher vaccination rate on the island.
“We have received reports from Malaysians in Singapore that their request for home quarantine was approved within one or two days after meeting the requirements set by the ministry,” he said yesterday.
“Many of them have addresses in Johor, which makes it easier for them to be put under home quarantine,” he added.
Dayalan said among the questions posed for home quarantine requests was on the number of people residing in the house.
“The questions were very detailed as the authorities wanted to know if there are any children under the age of 12, senior citizens and pregnant women staying under one roof,” he added.
Dayalan said he expected many Malaysians in Singapore would request for home quarantine as it was much more affordable than staying at a hotel here for 14 days.
Meanwhile, Johor Indian Business Association (Jiba) president P. Sivakumar said he agreed that home quarantine should not be given automatically due to the fear of new variants.
He added that the ministry should reduce the quarantine period for those who have to stay at a hotel.
“Instead of placing them under quarantine for 14 days, the authorities should allow them to be placed at a hotel for seven days as long as they do not show any symptoms and test negative for Covid-19,” he added.
Yesterday, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said home quarantine eligibility for fully vaccinated travellers, including Malaysians returning from abroad, is subject to the discretion of the ministry.
To be eligible for home quarantine, he said a risk assessment would be done first.
“All returnees have to apply to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC),” he said.
When asked if approval is subject to the discretion of the CPRC, Dr Noor Hisham concurred as there was the fear of new variants such as Lambda.
On Aug 8, to ease Covid-19 restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated, former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that fully vaccinated travellers from overseas entering Malaysia, including Malaysians returning from abroad, would be allowed to self-quarantine at home.
Under the National Recovery Plan standard operating procedure by the National Security Council that was updated on Aug 25, Malaysians and foreign nationals, including permanent residents and those in the Malaysia My Second Home programme who have a residence in Malaysia, are allowed to undergo mandatory quarantine at home when they arrive from abroad and have been fully vaccinated.
They would be given the digital home surveillance and observation (HSO) orders subject to the risk assessment by the Health Ministry. - The Star