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Monday, November 30, 2020

Govt to announce on Friday if CMCO in several states will end

 

Senior minister for security also announced that EMCO will be enforced at Zone A, Taman Klebang Jaya and Taman Pinji Mewah in Ipoh, Perak, from Dec 1 to Dec 14.

KUALA LUMPUR: Updates on the conditional movement control order (CMCO) imposed on several states will be announced latest by Friday, said Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Speaking at a press conference today, Ismail Sabri said the government will decide if the CMCO should be lifted or extended some time this week.

This will be on the advice of the health ministry, after it has conducted health assessments on the affected states.

The CMCO for Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Labuan, Kelantan, Perak, Penang and Negeri Sembilan is currently scheduled to end on Dec 6.

“Dec 6 is this Sunday. So, I believe I will make the announcement on Friday. God willing, it will be made earlier so that people can make any necessary arrangements,” said Ismail.

Ismail also announced that an enhanced MCO (EMCO) will be enforced at Zone A, Taman Klebang Jaya and Taman Pinji Mewah in Ipoh, Perak, from Dec 1 to Dec 14.

He said this comes after the health ministry raised concerns on the increase in Covid-19 cases from the Kamaya and Salutica factories in the area.

“Based on the risk assessments conducted, the ministry has confirmed that the Covid-19 infections involving the workers in both these factories had spread to their living quarters,” said Ismail, adding that the lockdown in the two areas will affect a total of 9,964 residents.

“The implementation of this EMCO is to decrease the rate of infectivity among the community and to enable the ministry to conduct targeted screenings on all the residents in these two localities.”

He added that Kampung Desa Bajau and Kampung Dasar Baru in Lahad Datu, as well as the Sibuga temporary detention centre in Sandakan, Sabah, will also be under the EMCO from Dec 2 to Dec 15.

The lockdown in the two Lahad Datu localities will involve 4,934 residents, while the EMCO on the Sibuga temporary detention centre will affect 1,104 detainees and 105 staff.

Meanwhile, Ismail said the EMCO at Putra Point, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, and the Maahad Al-Yahyawiah government-aided religious school in Padang Rengas, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, will end today as scheduled.

This is after the health ministry confirmed that no new cases had been detected in these areas in the last four days.

On the daily enforcement against those who committed MCO-related offences, Ismail said 741 people were arrested by police yesterday. Out of that number, 720 were issued compound fines and 21 remanded.

The majority of them were punished for taking part in activities at entertainment centres, failing to observe physical distancing and not wearing masks.

The authorities also detained 27 undocumented migrants yesterday as part of the ongoing Ops Benteng campaign.

He added that 687 people returned to Malaysia yesterday from various countries, all of whom are currently under mandatory quarantine. - FMT

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