No need for EMCO in Tawau and Lahad Datu – Ismail Sabri

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

THERE is no necessity to implement the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Tawau and Lahad Datu despite a surge in COVID-19 cases in the two districts, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said any tightening of restrictions would be done through targeted EMCO in the locality with COVID-19 infections.

“Previously, if there were several cases in Sabah, we closed the whole of Sabah; if cases happened in Tawau, we closed the whole district. But now this is unfair because there are no COVID-19 cases in Kota Kinabalu and Sepanggar, so we won’t impose a lockdown.

“Now we focus on the affected locality; for example, if there are COVID-19 cases in Tawau Prison, we impose EMCO in that locality only,” he told reporters at the Sabah-level Pingat Jasa Malaysia presentation to armed forces veterans here today.

He said the Health Ministry (MOH) was constantly monitoring developments in Tawau and Lahad Datu and if the situation worsened in several villages, targeted EMCO would be imposed.