The COVID-19 situation in our country is very alarming especially in Sabah and more cases in the Peninsular are from those returning from the Land Below the Wind.
Due to this, the government has implemented a new policy whereby those coming to Peninsular Malaysia from Sabah must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test
effective 27 September until 10 October.
This gave relief to many Malaysians but not until Minister of Defense Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob made an additional announcement about the new ruling.
According to The Star
, the minister says that those returning from Sabah need not to undergo the 14-day home quarantine in the event that their test comes out negative.
“If your results come out negative, you can go to the nearest government health district office and show yout results to get your wristband removed. You are then free to go,” Ismail said.
“But if you want to take self-precautions by self-quarantining yourself, it’s up to you.”
This angered Malaysians as many felt that although their initial results are negative, there is a possibility for a positive result after the 14-day incubation period.
Some even gave examples such as the notorious Sivagangga Cluster and wondered if the same thing will happen again and if there is a possibility of a second Movement Control Order.
Others were upset that the new policy felt like it was a double standard between politicans and the people.
So, what do you think? Should the government implement mandatory House Surveillance Order (HSO) or not?