All oil rig workers to observe 14-day quarantine before signing on

E11 Platform Complex, Baronia oilfield in Miri. — file pic

KUCHING, Sept 1: All Malaysian and foreign oil and gas workers will be required to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities before they sign on to offshore platforms, effective today.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, disclosed that this order applied to all Malaysians including those from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan as well as foreigners.

They will also undergo RT-PCR tests on the second and the 10th day of quarantine. If results return negative, they will be allowed to return to the platforms.

The cost for quarantine accommodation and Covid-19 tests will be borne by their employers.

For those signing off from offshore platforms, all workers including Malaysians and foreigners will be sent straight to the quarantine centres and RT-PCR tests will be taken on the second day of quarantine.

If the results return negative, they will be allowed to return home without having to continue observing quarantine.

For Sarawakians, the cost for the procedures will be borne by the Sarawak government while non-Sarawakians will have to pay for themselves.

For foreigners signing off from overseas, they will have to observe the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) of full 14-day quarantines and undertake swab tests. — DayakDaily