by ASILA JALIL / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
THE extended Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Sabah includes all districts including Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the duration of the extended CMCO and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the state will be applied on the four districts as well.
“The government had announced that the CMCO in Sabah is extended from Oct 27 until Nov 9, 2020.
“The extended CMCO in Sabah will include all districts including Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna, where the duration of the CMCO as well as the SOPs in these districts will be the same as the Sabah CMCO.”
The CMCO in Sabah, which was initially imposed from Oct 13 until today, is extended due to a sharp spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state.
He said the decision was made following requests from the Sabah state government and the National Security Council.
Meanwhile, the minister said the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia inspected 36 construction sites nationwide on Saturday and found that 13 sites were operating in accordance with the SOPs.
“Of the total, the inspection found that 13 construction sites that were operating complied with the SOPs, while 23 construction sites were not operating,” he said.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) arrested 688 individuals yesterday for breaching the MCO. A total of 678 individuals were given compound, while the remaining 10 individuals were remanded.
Among the offences were not maintaining physical distancing (213), not wearing face mask (211), failure to present personal identification records (136), crossing state lines or districts under CMCO without permission (37) and others (91).
The Ops Benteng also detained 10 illegal immigrants, while five vehicles were seized on Saturday.
“The government will take stern action against anyone who tries to enter the country’s borders illegally and enforcement agencies will continue to tighten securities at the borders especially illegal routes,” he said.
Ismail Sabri added that from July 24 to Oct 24, 54,312 individuals returned through the international entrances and were placed in 65 hotels and 17 other premises including public training institutes and private educational institutions.
“Of the total, 8,683 individuals were currently undergoing mandatory quarantine, while 381 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatments. A total of 45,248 individuals were discharged and allowed to return home.”