EMCO in Simpang Renggam extended

New directives will be in place soon to guide public movement and business operations in the near term

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by BERNAMA

THE government has extended the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) imposed on two areas in Simpang Renggam, Johor, to April 14.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday said the extension was made to sort out pending matters in Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid.

The EMCO, which took effect on March 27, was initially intended for 14 days and was scheduled to end yesterday.

The two villages were the first in Malaysia to be placed under complete lockdown after 61 coronavirus cases were recorded in both areas.

It is estimated that some 3,500 people from 650 households are affected by the strict measures to curb the Covid-19.

Other areas which have been placed under EMCO include Batu 21 to Batu 24 Sungai Lui in Hulu Langat, Selangor; Menara City One on Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur (KL); and the Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion along Jalan Masjid India in KL.

When asked if localities in Rembau, Negri Sembilan, will be put under EMCO next, Ismail Sabri said decisions made will be upon the advice of the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Health authorities had recently identified a sub-cluster in Rembau, linked to the tabligh gathering in Sri Petaling, KL.

Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Wednesday said the new cluster comprised staff of a school and people in several localities in the district — namely Pedas, Pilin, Kundur and Batu Hampar.

From this, 27 people have tested positive, while two are under treatment in intensive care.

Ismail Sabri said any extension to the MCO period will also be based upon MoH’s advice. The current MCO is set to end next week.

The minister, however, reiterated that new directives will be in place soon to guide public movement and business operations in the near term.

The measures are aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus even if the MCO is not extended further.

This is to stop any relapse caused by another outbreak, Ismail Sabri said.

Meanwhile, a total of 7,205 individuals have been arrested since the MCO began on March 18.

On Wednesday, 300 were arrested, of which 252 were remanded while 48 made bail.

The police have begun issuing RM1,000 compound notices against people violating the MCO in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

“Those who violate the MCO will be brought to the nearest police station where the RM1,000 compound will be issued. The payment must be made at an MoH office.

“They are given two weeks to settle the sum. If they fail to pay the amount, they will be brought to court,” Ismail Sabri said.