Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said the government will cover RM150 per day to quarantine Malaysians returning from overseas in hotels for 14 days
In a press conference today, 7 April, Ismail said the government has listed 45 hotels designated as quarantine centres, where returning Malaysians can choose to undergo quarantine at.
He said the RM150 coverage per day will be used to pay the cost of hotel accommodation and food. A 14-day quarantine would mean the government will be paying a total of RM2,100 for each room at these hotels.
"The cost of other services, such as laundry, will be borne by the individuals," said the Defence Minister.
Putrajaya previously announced that beginning 3 April, all Malaysians returning from abroad and foreign visitors must undergo a 14-day quarantine, reported Malay Mail.
Ismail said the designated hotels have three-star ratings and above
According to him, there are several four- and five-star hotels in the 45 designated hotels, but those who wish to be quarantined at these hotels will have to foot the bill if the charges go over RM150.
He said the request to include luxury hotels as quarantine centres came from foreign embassies, citing that their diplomats want better accommodation.
Regardless of what rating the hotel has, everyone who is under quarantine will still have to follow the same rules.
"Even though they are at a hotel, the SOP (standard operating procedure) is the same as every other quarantine centre," Ismail stressed.
"They cannot leave their rooms, they cannot receive guests such as friends and relatives, none of that is allowed."
According to a Federal Gazette published on 4 April, there are 49 hotels that have been declared as quarantine centres
Speaking to SAYS today, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) chief operating officer Yap Lip Seng said that the final list is still being processed as many hotels are currently deciding whether to be included or not.
Here is the list of hotels designated as quarantine centres, as stated in the Federal Gazette:
1. Hotel Adya Chenang, Pulau Langkawi
2. Tanjung Rhu Resort, Pulau Langkawi
3. Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort, Tanjung Bungah
4. FELDA Residence Trolak, Sungkai
5. Best Western Petaling Jaya, Petaling Jaya
6. COOP Hotel Putrajaya dan Cyberjaya, Dengkil
7. Dorsett Grand Subang, Subang Jaya
8. Four Points by Sheraton, Puchong
9. FOX Lite Hotel DPulze, Cyberjaya
10. Hilton Garden Inn Puchong, Puchong
11. Hilton Petaling Jaya, Petaling Jaya
12. Palace of the Golden Horses, Seri Kembangan
13. Hotel Sunway Clio, Petaling Jaya
14. Hotel Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya
15. QLIQ Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
16. Dorsett Putrajaya
17. Ancasa Express @ Pudu
18. Cosmo Hotel KL
19. Four Points by Sheraton KL, Chinatown
20. Furama Bukit Bintang
21. Grand Millennium KL
22. Holiday Inn Express KL City Centre
23. Hotel Royal KL
24. Ibis KL City Centre
25. Ibis Styles KL Fraser Business Park
26. Hotel Impiana KLCC
27. J-Hotel by Dorsett
28. Living at Dsulaiman
29. Hotel Plaza Grand KL
30. Hotel Premiera KL
31. Ramada Suites KL City Centre
32. Silka Cheras KL
33. Swiss-Inn KL
34. The Pearl KL
35. Hotel Crytal Crown, Johor Bahru
36. FELDA Residence Tanjung Leman, Mersing
37. Hotel Hallmark Regency, Johor Bahru
38. Hotel Millesime, Johor Bahru
39. Hotel New York, Johor Bahru
40. Swiss-Inn Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru
41. Hotel V8, Skudai
42. FELDA Residence Tekam, Jerantut
43. Grand Dormani Rajah Court Hotel, Kuching
44. Hock Lee Hotel and Residences Tower A and Tower B, Kuching
45. Hotel Kuching Park, Kuching
46. Ming Garden Hotel and Residences, Kota Kinabalu
47. Pan Borneo Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu
Last Wednesday, 3 April, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the government was considering using hotels as quarantine centres:
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