Klang and several Sabah districts to start CMCO tomorrow

The order will be implemented in these areas for 14 days to curb Covid-19 and carry out targeted case tracking activities

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

KLANG in Selangor, and Sandakan, Papar and Tuaran in Sabah will be under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from 12.01am tomorrow, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the decision was made in a special National Security Council meeting yesterday, following the increase in Covid-19 cases in the four districts which have been declared as red zones.

“The CMCO will be implemented in these areas for 14 days to curb Covid-19 infections and carry out targeted case tracking activities,” he said in a press conference broadcast live on Facebook yesterday.

Movements into and out of these four areas are not allowed except for factories and chains related to essential services.

The police, together with the Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Malaysian Volunteer Corps Department, local authorities and officers will be stationed to monitor these areas.

On another note, the Enhanced MCO implemented in Flat Tongkang Yard, Kedah, will be terminated effective today.

Ismail Sabri said the Prison Department was told to present new standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the handling of detainees in prisons and detention centres.

He said the decision was made yesterday, following the recent spike of Covid-19 positive cases involving detainees.

On Tuesday alone, 401 of the total of 691 Covid-19 cases were recorded from a prison and a detention centre in Kedah and Perak respectively.

Meanwhile, 219 cases were from the Sabah red zones, which are now being controlled by the authorities and screening activities are being carried out.

Ismail Sabri also announced yesterday that police officers with the rankings of inspector and above can now issue compounds immediately to SOP violators.

“For instance, if someone is caught breaking the Recovery MCO (RMCO) rules at a roadblock, then that is where the compound will be issued,” he added.

Previously, the police would detain individuals who violated the SOPs and take them to the nearest police station before issuing the compound fines.

The compound for breaching the SOPs is currently at RM1,000.

On Tuesday, the police arrested 357 people for flouting RMCO regulations, in which the majority (167) were caught for not wearing face masks.

Separately, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) clarified yesterday that PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not required to wear a Covid-19 surveillance bracelet during his current 14-day self-quarantine period.

The office said it was based on the decision of an officer from the Health Ministry (MoH) who had made an assessment.

“Based on the risk assessment made on Monday, the PM was only advised to undergo self-quarantine at his residence,” the PMO said in a statement.

Apart from that, Muhyiddin is to monitor his own health status at home every day for 14 days using the Home Assessment Tool in the MySejahtera application.

For that reason, the PMO said, the allegation made by some parties that the PM violated the MoH’s directive, is not true.

In his recent special address on Tuesday, which was broadcast live, some parties pointed out that Muhyiddin was not wearing a surveillance bracelet during his quarantine period.