Dr Noor Hisham: Pink wristband Frenchman in Langkawi allowed home quarantine initially based on MM2H eligibility, but later revoked

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the French national who was spotted at the Langkawi International Airport donning the pink quarantine wristband was initially allowed to isolate himself at home in accordance with exemptions provided under MM2H programme. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the French national who was spotted at the Langkawi International Airport donning the pink quarantine wristband was initially allowed to isolate himself at home in accordance with exemptions provided under MM2H programme. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — The French national who was spotted at the Langkawi International Airport donning the pink quarantine wristband was initially allowed to isolate himself at home in accordance with exemptions provided under Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

The director-general of the Ministry of Health (MOH), however, said that the exemption was later rescinded, as the government’s July 24 rule no longer permitted home quarantines for those returning back to the country.

“However, since the government had re-mandated all travellers arriving in Malaysia to undergo quarantine for 14 days at the quarantine stations beginning July 24, 2020, therefore, the condition regarding home quarantine for MM2H participants is void,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham also added that the man, who is an MM2H participant, had tested negative upon arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on August 20, after which he was allowed to take a domestic flight to Langkawi, where he lives.

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