Mandatory 14-day quarantine for all O&G workers entering Sarawak

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

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 28: All Malaysian citizens from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan and foreign nationals from the oil and gas (O&G) industry must now undergo mandatory 14-day quarantines at assigned centres upon entering Sarawak for their sign-on duty.

In an announcement today, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said the rT-PCR test will be taken on the second and tenth day of quarantine.

“If the result is negative, they will then be allowed to go to their respective platform. All quarantine cost and rT-PCR test (cost) must be borne by employer,” Uggah said at a press conference here today.

For sign-off duty, all Malaysian citizens from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan and foreign nationals will be admitted to assigned quarantine centres and rT-PCR tests will be taken on the second day.


Uggah said the cost for Sarawakian citizens will be borne by the Sarawak government, while non-Sarawakians will have to shoulder the cost themselves.

“For foreign nationals signed off from abroad, they will go through the quarantine process as well. Those who sign off from within Malaysia will be quarantined while waiting for the rT-PCR test results. The cost of quarantine and testing is at your own expense,” Uggah added.

Meanwhile, all non-Malaysians who wish to enter Sarawak from overseas are not required to take the rT-PCR test three days before leaving the country of origin.

“Instead, these non-Malaysians will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Sarawak. The rT-PCR test will be taken on the second and tenth day of quarantine,” Uggah disclosed, adding that they will have to bear all the costs of quarantine cost rT-PCR tests on their own. — DayakDaily