The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) strongly opposes the new ministerial order which now allows cabinet ministers returning from any official visit abroad to be under only three days of observation or home surveillance. This smacks of double standards and the MMA strongly urges that the new order be revoked immediately.
Careful consideration must be exercised with any new order issued under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342) and any decisions in managing the pandemic, must be based on science and evidence.
The new ministerial order clearly angers the rakyat. If the government wants the people to strictly adhere to the SOPs, it should lead by example and abide by the same rules. The same 10-day quarantine period should apply to all regardless of position.
The government must put a stop to the double standards.
Prof Dr Subramaniam Muniandy is the president of the Malaysian Medical Association.
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