Two areas in Selangor, 1 in Sarawak under EMCO

EMCO will be imposed at Sungai Emas flat in Kuala Langat, Plaza Hentian Kajang and Kampung Haji Baki in Kuching

by ASILA JALIL / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

TWO areas in Selangor and one in Sarawak will undergo the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting today until Nov 10 following an increased number of positive Covid-19 cases.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in Selangor, the government has decided to enforce EMCO at Sungai Emas flat, Jalan Emas 31 and Jalan Emas 32 in Kuala Langat district, and Plaza Hentian Kajang in Hulu Langat district.

“As of Oct 24, 2020, a total of 1,044 testings were conducted at Sungai Emas flat and 42 individuals were found to be positive with Covid-19.

“Meanwhile, 909 testings were done in Plaza Hentian Kajang and 63 individuals were tested positive,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

The EMCO in Sungai Emas flat, Jalan Emas 31 and Jalan Emas 32 involves 1,300 residents, while 7,500 residents in Plaza Hentian Kajang will undergo the restriction order.

The National Security Council (NSC) also decided to enforce the EMCO at Kampung Haji Baki, Kuching, Sarawak, after 27 positive cases were detected in the area.

Ismail Sabri said the EMCO includes 532 houses and 4,191 residents.

Meanwhile, the EMCO enforced on the Penang Remand Prison and officers’ quarters, which is slated to end tomorrow, will be extended for another two weeks from Oct 29 until Nov 11, 2020.

“As of Oct 26, a total of 4,196 samples were collected and there were still positive cases detected among the prisoners, as well as the prison’s employees,” he said.

As of yesterday, Ismail Sabri said 273 investigating papers were opened by the Royal Malaysia Police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission regarding fake news on Covid-19.

Of the total, 136 cases are still under investigation, while 35 cases have been charged where 21 are found guilty, 13 are under trial and 12 have been given warnings.

Responding to questions from the media on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Deepavali celebration, he said the guidelines will be presented within this week during the NSC’s special meeting.

As for the exemption of RM1 MEPS charge at all automatic teller machines, Ismail Sabri said the matter has yet to be decided and will remain as it is for now.

He added that the decision will be announced by the Ministry of Finance.

On the Batu Sapi by-election on Dec 5, Ismail Sabri said it will still be held as announced by the Election Commission (EC).

He added that the matter is stipulated under the Federal Constitution which states that it should be held within 60 days.

“We understand the people’s fear. We will call the EC and they will present a tight SOP to ensure safety surrounding the election.”