Application for Exemption of Quarantine Charges for Underprivileged Students

Published by on Aug 04, 2020, 11:00 am

Students returning home due to the pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR: Students who are studying abroad from underprivileged background can apply for exemption of their bill for the 14-day compulsory quarantine period at hotels or quarantine centers upon their return to Malaysia.

“The National Disaster Management Agency will look through the applications and determine their eligibility”, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The minister mentioned a social media post yesterday about a group of Malaysian students from Yemen, who were forced to wait at the hotel lobby as they could not afford to pay for their quarantine lodgings.

"Based on my understanding, the students were likely required to wait, as the hotel had asked for a deposit. The Special Cabinet Meeting today decided that students who have paid the deposit to the hotel can continue their quarantine stay and those who cannot afford to do so will be placed at the designated public training centers," he told a press conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order at Parliament yesterday.

He also said students studying abroad, before flying home, must register with the Foreign Ministry stating if they can afford to pay for the 14-day stay and avoid being charged a deposit at other quarantine centers.

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