by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by ARIF KARTONO
THE government announced its sixth Enhanced Movement Control Order (MCO) on Kuala Lumpur’s (KL) Pusat Bandar Utara and areas near the Selayang Wholesale Market.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made following an advice from the Ministry of Health (MoH). The two-week order will take effect from yesterday until May 3.
“This is done to facilitate tracing activities that will be conducted by health authorities. All residents are advised to remain calm and give their full cooperation to the officials in charge. Please stay put and don’t run away,” Ismail Sabri said at his daily briefing in Putrajaya yesterday.
The EMCO will affect eight parcels in the area namely: Parcel A (Jalan 6/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara), Parcel B (Jalan 6/3A and 9/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara), Parcel C (Jalan 2/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara), Parcel D (Jalan 2/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara), Parcel E1 (Taman Sri Murni Fasa 2, Jalan 1/2D), Parcel E2 (Taman Sri Murni Fasa 1, Jalan 1/2D), Parcel E3 (Taman Sri Murni Fasa 3, Jalan 1/2B), and Parcel F (Taman Batu View and Taman Batu Hampar). The Selayang Wholesale Market, however, will remain open.
Other areas on full lockdown include Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid in Simpang Renggam, Johor; Menara City One on Jalan Munshi Abdullah, KL; and the Selangor and Malayan Mansions along Jalan Masjid India in KL.
The EMCO has been lifted in Hulu Langat, Selangor, except for a religious school and one household in the area which continue to be strictly monitored.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the police had set up 820 roadblocks nationwide on Sunday and conducted checks on 369,106 vehicles. Nearly 16,000 individuals have been arrested to date for disobeying the coronavirus-related restrictions.
“The MCO is still in full force and there is no flexibility. The public is urged to abide by restrictions and remain at home, unless there is an emergency,” he said.
Ismail Sabri, who is also the defence minister, said documented foreign workers who have been arrested for flouting MCO restrictions will be brought to court, while those who are nabbed without paperwork will be sent to the immigration depot for further action.
The defence minister has assured that stocks for both local and imported rice remain sufficient. The same goes for vegetables and other essential daily items, he added.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on April 10 announced an extension to the MCO by another two weeks as the country continues to contain the spread of the coronavirus. However, the federal government agreed to allow several economic sectors to operate in stages.
Malaysia has one of the highest tallies of coronavirus infections in South-East Asia with over 5,000 confirmed cases and nearly 90 deaths. New infections, however, have slowed in recent weeks.