Stricter measures under MCO Phase 3

Defence minister yesterday announced full lockdown on Jalan Masjid India

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE government will take stricter measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus as Malaysia enters its third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) today.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there will be no compromise on arrests made on violators of the MCO as many continue to disregard orders to remain at home.

“It seems many are taking the rules very lightly. The RM1,000 compound may be too small. Therefore, the government has decided to detain those who disobey the law and charge them in court.

“Under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342), a person can be imprisoned for a term of two years for the first offence or more on subsequent offences. This is a heavier punishment for those who defy the MCO,” Ismail Sabri said in his daily briefing yesterday.

The past week has seen a rise in the number of arrests made and compounds issued.

There were a total of 9,090 arrests as of April 13, while 4,036 compounds were issued over the same period.

Ismail Sabri said the government is considering tighter measures to restrict movement under the third phase of the MCO, including more roadblocks.

“We have other suggestions as well, but these are all subjected to advice from the Health Ministry and the police,” he said.

Ismail Sabri yesterday announced another complete lockdown — the country’s fifth — on Jalan Masjid India and surrounding areas in the city centre following a recent spike in cases.

The full lockdown, which will last until April 28, includes several main roads in Kuala Lumpur including Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Melaka and Jalan Ampang.

In a live Facebook session yesterday, Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Menara City One recorded 39 positive Covid-19 cases as of yesterday, compared to 17 cases on March 30 when it was first placed under Enhanced MCO (EMCO) for a duration of two weeks. The Selangor and Malayan Mansions registered 88 positive cases at press time, compared to 15 cases when placed under EMCO last Tuesday.

The government has also decided to extend the EMCO imposed on Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam, Johor; Menara City One on Jalan Munshi Abdullah; and the Selangor and Malayan Mansions along Jalan Masjid India.