26 September 2023

MALAYSIA: Relaxed rules for quarantine leave

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The Malaysian Government has agreed to extend the Public Service’s quarantine leave facility to all infectious diseases requiring quarantine or isolation.

Director-General of the Public Service, Mohd Shafiq Abdullah said leave had previously been allowed for just six types of infectious diseases — foot hand and mouth disease, dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever, measles, diphtheria and malaria.

“To improve existing regulations in line with the Government’s intention of emphasising on Civil Servants’ welfare and also to boost the quality, productivity and service delivery, the Government has agreed to the improvement of the quarantine leave facility,” Datuk Seri Shafiq (pictured) said in a circular.

He said leave would also be granted “to tend to quarantined children or those in need of isolation”.

An attachment included with the circular made it clear that step children, de facto adopted children, adopted children and foster children were included.

“Those who require additional days can request normal or special leave, as well as any other type of qualified leave,” Datuk Seri Shafiq said.

“In addition, should the Civil Servant be able to carry out their assignments at home, the Department head can consider allowing working from home.”

Datuk Seri Shafiq said the new regulation would cover all State Public Services, statutory bodies and Local Authorities.

Kuala Lumpur, 9 March 2022

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