Interstate travel: Leave for MBPP staff in essential services frozen


GEORGE TOWN – Leave for 2,342 Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has been frozen as a preparation to welcome the arrival of 50,000 visitors this coming weekend following the lifting of interstate travel ban.

MBPP Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seng said the move was to ensure that enforcement could be carried out more efficiently.

“Some 78 per cent or 2,342 out of 3,019 MBPP personnel who are involved in essential services such as health, environment, enforcement, licensing, municipal services, landscaping and engineering will have their leave frozen from Oct 15 to 19.

“Those whose leave has been approved are also required to cancel it and report for duty,” he told reporters in a press conference via Zoom today.

He said all necessary preparations have also been taken, including in terms of traffic as well as waste management.

According to Yew, MBPP will also strengthen its enforcement by establishing cooperation with the police and the Health Ministry in ensuring that visitors comply with the existing standard operating procedures (SOP)  to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

“MBPP will also optimise the use of more than 1,000 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) cameras and loudspeakers in areas such as tourist spots and restaurants,” he added.