Home Ministry can conduct factory raids

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

THE Home Ministry (KDN) has been given the green light to inspect and raid factories to ensure that the third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) is not violated.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said the decision was made following numerous complaints of manufacturers allegedly misusing permission letters to operate involving unnecessary services during MCO 3.0.

He added that there were also factories detected operating with more than 60% capacity and some workers wearing quarantine bracelets were instructed to come to work.

“The government will take stern action against factories that violate standard operating procedures (SOPs) through inspections and raids.

“These identified factories will be subject to a compound including an order to close the premises immediately.

“The National Security Council (NSC) meeting yesterday agreed to place the responsibility of enforcing this law on KDN, which will coordinate operations with all enforcement agencies nationwide,” he said in a statement yesterday.

On another note, Ismail Sabri said several localities in Sabah, Sarawak, Melaka and Perak will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from June 23 to July 6.

The localities in Sabah are Blok 11 Kampung Titingan and Batu 7, Jalan Tinagat in Tawau; Kampung Ejuk in Kota Belud; and Kampung Warisan in Kota Kinabalu.

In Sarawak, the EMCO will be imposed in two localities in the Mukah division, namely the Gabriel Bujang anak Ikau longhouse in Sungai Lepah, Tanjung Manis and the Balingian Power Generation Workers Quarters in Jalan Sibu-Mukah.

Two other localities, namely the Sungai Udang Prison (except prison quarters) in Melaka Tengah and the Cahaya Muda Palm Oil Mill (including workers’ quarters) in Batang Padang, Perak will also undergo EMCO.

Meanwhile, the EMCO in several localities have ended, namely Taman Apas Permai, Bandar Sri Indah and Taman Megah Jay in Tawau; Kampung Narandang in Kudat; FGV Kalabakan Selatan farm in Kalabakan; Kampung Bolong Baru and Kampung Simpangan in Tuaran.

EMCO in two localities namely Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah in Muallim and Felda Trolak Utara in Sungkai, Perak and in Felda Tembangau 1 & 3 in Bera, Pahang have also been lifted.

On MCO violations, 825 individuals were detained on June 20 of which, 810 were given compounds and 15 were remanded.

Separately, new Covid-19 cases dropped below the 5,000 mark yesterday with 4,611 cases recorded nationwide.

Selangor again recorded the highest number of cases with 1,346, followed by Sarawak (682) and Perak (453).

Negri Sembilan recorded 437 cases, followed by Johor (314), Kuala Lumpur (310), Melaka (205), Kelantan (219), Kedah (182), Sabah (166), Labuan (130), Penang (84), Pahang (50), Terengganu (18) and Putrajaya (15).

This has brought the current active cases in the country to 62,918 and the total confirmed cases to 701,019.

Twenty-two new Covid-19 clusters were also identified yesterday, of which 14 were from workplaces, seven were community clusters and one involved a high-risk group.

A total of 880 cases were placed in the intensive care unit yesterday, with 452 of them requiring ventilators.

There were also 69 new deaths reported nationwide yesterday, increasing the overall Covid-19 death toll to 4,477 while 5,439 patients have recovered, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 633,624.