by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by BERNAMA
INDIVIDUALS undergoing mandatory quarantine at public training institutes (ILAs) will now pay a quarantine charge of RM100 per day, reduced from RM150 previously.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, however, the quarantine cost at hotels remains at RM150 per day for each individual and they can upgrade the room at their own expense.
Children under the age of 12 are allowed to stay in the same room as their parents. However, the second individual sharing the room will be charged RM50 per day for meals.
“For children under age 12 travelling alone, they are also required to undergo the mandatory quarantine for 14 days, but no charges will be imposed on them or the accompanying guardian.
“However, the applications for quarantine at ILAs are subject to room availability considering the limited capacity,” he said in his Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) press conference yesterday.
The senior minister noted that the government has agreed to provide quarantine cost exemption to citizens from the bottom 40% group and newly released prisoners who cannot afford and have no financial resources.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri announced that the Targeted Enhanced MCO (TEMCO) is implemented in two villages in Perlis — namely Kampung Kuala Sanglang and Kampung Tanah Timbul — effective immediately until Aug 31, adding that it is put in place due to cases linked to the Sivagangga cluster.
“Health authorities will be conducting Covid-19 swab tests on all residents from the two villages.
“This involves 872 residents from 191 households. Residents can still move within the area with the head of the family allowed to leave the house to buy food and other daily necessities,” Ismail Sabri said.
However, residents are not allowed to leave the area and outsiders will be denied entry except for suppliers of essential items.
“Restaurants can still operate offering take-aways, however, all business premises are only allowed to operate from 8am to 6pm until Aug 31.
“All government agencies and educational institutions including kindergartens, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will be completely closed,” the senior minister said.
All religious activities in mosques and places of worship will not be allowed during the enforcement period.
Ismail Sabri reminded that only the federal government has the power to make announcements related to the TEMCO in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
He said state governments do not have the power to act on its own by adopting Act 342, as it could confuse the public in terms of rules and enforcement.
“Act 342 is a federal act and state governments do not have its own act like Act 342, except for Sarawak.
“If a particular state implements its own rule without the approval of the federal government, then it cannot be enforced,” he added.
As of yesterday, a total of 222 individuals were detained by the authorities for violating the RMCO regulations.
Meanwhile, a total of 9,016 individuals returned to Malaysia via international entry points from July 24 to Aug 9.
Of the total, 20 of the returnees were sent to the hospital for treatment after testing positive for Covid-19.