Now court, not compounds, for those who breach quarantine

Since July 24, those returning to Malaysia from abroad have had to undergo the 14-day isolation period at quarantine centres.

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the authorities will no longer issue compounds to those who breach their Covid-19 quarantine but will take them to court instead.

At a press conference here today, he said it would be up to the courts to decide on the sentence, which could include a jail term.

Commenting on the index case of the Sivagangga cluster who breached home quarantine orders and spread the virus to neighbouring Perlis and Penang, Ismail urged people to follow SOPs and to stay at home until the 13th day to get re-tested for Covid-19.

“Strict action will be taken against those who breach home quarantine orders and leave their house still wearing their wristbands.

“It is then up to the court to decide on the sentence, such as a fine or jail time,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said 184 people were detained yesterday for flouting SOPs under the recovery movement control order, 49 of whom were remanded and 135 issued compounds.

He also said that fees for quarantine centres must now be paid upfront upon arrival at the airport.

He said this was because some foreigners had refused to pay the fees after completing their stay at the designated centres.

“As a result, we have decided to make it compulsory for them to pay for their stay at hotels or public training centres immediately after they get through immigration.

“Should they refuse, we will not allow them to pass and they will have to stay at the airport.”