THE FAMILY members of one of the four individuals from Pusing, Batu Gajah, Perak, who were in close contact with the 39th Singaporean Covid-19 case have been subject to stigma for choosing home-quarantine although none of them tested positive for the virus.

“We have been responsible by undergoing self-quarantine at home. We appeal to parents of other children not to do anything that can harm our child.

“You love your children. We too, love our child,” said Madam Chin on Facebook in response to the continuous barrage of unkind remarks, speculation and false accusations thrown at the family on social media.

Her appeal to people in her neighbourhood to stop speculating that members of her family had contracted the virus was highlighted in the Chinese press yesterday.

Chin also appealed to villagers not to do anything that could hurt her daughter’s feelings when she returns to school on Monday, after the two-week self-quarantine.

Allaying fears expressed by many on Facebook, she stressed that the home-quarantine was not ordered by the government but done “on our own initiative to prevent possible panic among people in the neighbourhood”.

She said it was heartbreaking to learn that some villagers had chosen to spread rumours about the family and even talked about the possibility of her daughter spreading the virus to other pupils when she returns to school.

Chin said there was no way her daughter could spread the disease as she was not infected, and urged other pupils not to avoid her daughter like plague.