More CMCO as Covid-19 new cases remain high

by S BIRRUNTHA / graphic by MZUKRI

KUALA Lumpur (KL), Selangor and Putrajaya will be placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for two weeks starting tomorrow.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob said the decision was made upon the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) advice following a spike in Covid-19 cases in several localities such as Klang, Petaling, Gombak and other districts.

“To curb the spread of the virus, the National Security Council (NSC) special meeting held yesterday has agreed to put Selangor, KL and Putrajaya under the CMCO effective midnight of Oct 14 until Oct 27,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

However, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in a statement later yesterday described the announcement as “a shock” as only Klang, Gombak, Hulu Langat and some parts of Petaling had worrying numbers of cases.

“I had just chaired a meeting with the Selangor State Security Council, the Selangor Health Department, the police and other agencies on the implementation of the CMCO in Petaling.

“The state is of the opinion that areas in the green and yellow zones like Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor are still under control, therefore the state government will send some recommendations to the NSC immediately for them to reconsider.”

Apart from Selangor and KL, the government has also decided to impose the CMCO on the entire state of Sabah from today until Oct 26.

Ismail Sabri said the CMCO throughout Sabah was recommended by the Sabah government representatives, besides MoH and NSC. Before this, only Tawau, Kunak, Semporna and some areas in Kota Kinabalu were put under the CMCO.

“However, the special NSC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin heard MoH’s confirmation on the increasing positive cases in Sabah.

“Besides that, cross-district control has been implemented since Oct 3, in which only employees with an authorised employee card will be allowed to cross districts.”

The senior minister also noted that those in the trade and manufacturing sectors, including small and medium industries must obtain permission from the Sabah Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to operate.

The government also announced Felda Umas in Tawau will be placed under Enhanced MCO (EMCO) starting today until Oct 26, involving 800 households comprising 17,549 residents.

Under the EMCO, all residents will not be allowed to leave their houses and all entryways into the area will be closed.

For emergency cases, involving health or death, the residents may apply for approvals at nearby police stations.

The authorities will be conducting targeted screenings on all the residents, while the state government will provide all necessities such as food and water.

Meanwhile, the police arrested 663 individuals on Oct 11 for violating the Recovery MCO (RMCO).

Ismail Sabri said the offences committed include not practicing physical distancing (239 cases), not wearing face masks (178), activities in entertainment centres (105) and premises failing to record customers’ details (89).

Of the total arrests, 617 individuals were issued compounds, 44 remanded, while two others were granted bail.

The minister said the increase in the arrests and compounds showed that the police will no longer compromise with RMCO violators.