KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes that there will be no discrimination between rich and poor in putting up people at hotels gazetted as quarantine centres.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that they should not be any difference in housing people at quarantine centres that were borne by the government fully.
“I don’t want to have disparity between the rich and the poor. How, we can allow those coming from overseas, the rich who can also afford yet getting free (room quarantine) while the rest from the kampung areas are placed in lesser facilities,” he told reporters after visiting the Jalan Kapayan police roadblock here where Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass and army’s Fifth Infantry Brigade Mej Gen Datuk Muhamad Hafizuddeain Jantan also were present.
Shafie said this when asked why the people opting to stay at hotels gazetted at as quarantine centres were required to pay to the hotel rooms while similar hotels in Kuala Lumpur were provided without the occupants paying for it.
“For the time being, I was made to understand that there is a fund coming from the Ministry of Health to finance this people.
“We cannot finance everyone to stay in a hotel,” he said, adding that they were improving facilities government quarantine centres to make more convenient for people to under their two-week observation.
On a viral video showing poor conditions at one of the “qurantine centres” which Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabry described as a fake, Shafie said that Health Department had wanted to use the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital nurses quarters as a quarantine centre.
Due to the conditions at the quarters, he said the Health Department decided to use the Health Ministry Training Institute in Bukit Padang as a quarantined centre.
He said the state government decided to allow for some people to stay at hotels at their own cost while the other centres were all federal facilities Bomba Academy in Sepanggar and Politeknik Kota Kinabalu.
He said the conditions at some of the federal facilities used as quarantine centres needed to be improved and he had asked Public Works Department and other relevant agencies to expedite it to make facilities better.
On 120 Sabahans still Indonesia’s Nunukan that border Sabah’s Tawau, he said they will be allowed in stages and have to under two week quarantine.
On plantations and oil palm mills call to restart operations, he said a decision would be made but they look at the Covid-19 situation on the ground before lifting the temporary stop work order.
He also thanked the police, army and Rela among others manning the road blocks in the state.