CMCO being imposed on Kedah districts

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Oct 2020:

A Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be implemented in Kampung Padang Che Mas, Baling, Kedah from Oct 18 to 31, says Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the decision was made at the National Security Council (MKN) Special Meeting today, after receiving input from the Kedah State MKN on the current Covid-19 situation in the village.

“The CMCO involves 1,150 residents and 151 houses in the area,” he said during his virtual press conference broadcast on the Ministry of Defence’s official Facebook page today.

He said as of Oct 12, 236 individuals in the village had been screened and directed to self-quarantine at home donning quarantine bracelets.

“Of the total, 25 Covid-19 positive cases were recorded involving five families, and another 100 individuals are still waiting for the results.”

He said with the implementation of CMCO in the area, all residents were required to comply with the set standard operating procedures (SOP) including no movements in and out of Kampung Padang Che Mas, having only two people from a family head out to get food and necessities, as well as the closure of schools and other educational institutions.

Apart from that, he said restaurants, food stalls and grocery stores are allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm, while vehicles carrying goods related to the food chain as well as fishing, plantation, agriculture and livestock could also continue their service.

“All religious activities in mosques and suraus are not allowed, except for the five daily calls to prayer and obligatory prayers with a congregation of six people including the ‘muazzin’ and imam. Non-Muslim houses of worship are also not allowed (to hold any activities).

“All sports, recreational, social, and cultural activities, official functions, gatherings, feasts and so on, are not allowed. More information can be obtained via the MKN website.”

Also, operating hours of restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores and petrol stations during the CMCO in Sabah have been extended until 8pm effective tomorrow. (Oct 17). The whole of Sabah is under CMCO from Oct 13 until 26.

Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the new operating hours are 6am to 8pm, compared to 6am to 6pm previously.

“However, the extension of this operating time does not include grocery stores or mini markets, hypermarkets and supermarkets,” he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the One Utama Mall in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya – which had been ordered to close since Oct 11 for disinfection purposes – would be allowed to operate again tomorrow, and premises owners could begin preparations to reopen from today.

He said as of yesterday, a total of 6,000 individuals including employees, tenants and staff as well as 110 visitors to the mall who had come into close contact with positive Covid-19 cases had been screened by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

“Those who were found positive were sent to the hospital for treatment, non-symptomatic close contacts have been quarantined for 14 days, while those with symptoms were directed to be further examined at nearby health clinics.”

On compliance enforcement, Ismail Sabri said the police had arrested 481 individuals for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) yesterday, with 470 compounded, 10 placed under remand and one out on bail.

Two foreign nationals were fined RM700 each, in default two weeks jail, by the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court today for failing to comply with the prescribed SOP during RMCO.

They were Romjan, 30, a Bangladeshi, and Nepalese Ram Prasad Pokhrel ,42, for failing to register their personal particulars when patronising a retail shop in Kampung Datuk Keramat.

Magistrate Wong Chai Sia meted out the fine on the two men, a construction worker and a security guard, respectively, after they pleaded guilty to the charge.

The two foreigners were charged with failing to comply with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 by not registering their personal details in the register at a grocery store in Kampung Datuk Keramat here at 5pm on Oct 4.

On the Ops Benteng operation to protect the country’s borders, Ismail Sabri said 37 illegal immigrants and three skippers were detained yesterday, with six land vehicles seized.

Meanwhile, he said 49,056 individuals had returned to the country from July 24 until yesterday, and of the total, 9,223 were currently undergoing compulsory quarantine and another 381 had been taken to hospital for treatment, while 39,452 individuals had been discharged and allowed to return home.

– Bernama