The Johor government will provide a special incentive of RM300 a month during the movement control order (MCO) to Covid-19 frontliners from local government authorities (PBT) in the state.
Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Ayub Jamil said the state government has allocated RM1.512 million for the purpose to be paid to 1,681 personnel from 16 PBTs for the month of March, April and May.
More than 2,000 people in the state have been brought to court for disobeying the movement control order (MCO).
State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay (pic) said 2,044 individuals have already been charged in court as of Thursday (April 23).
"We have arrested some 53 individuals on Thursday, which has brought the number of arrests in the state to 2,997 people," he said.
The local authorities in Johor will continuously monitor the operations of 1,009 factories that are allowed to operate during the movement control order (MCO) to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 infections among workers.
State Housing and Local Government committee chairman Ayub Jamil said a majority of the manufacturing sector in the state had started operations following the approval given by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB).
Johor government has announced a special incentive payment amounting to RM1.5mil to all local councils staff and officers who work as frontliners during the movement control order (MCO).
State housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil said the incentive was in line with the Federal Government’s incentive payments of RM600 to health workers and RM200 to security forces during the MCO period.
The Johor government assured the public that the daily entry of Malaysians returning from Singapore and other countries was still at a manageable level.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said as of yesterday, a total of 825 individuals entered the state.
“Of these, 822 individuals were placed in the quarantine centres in Johor, while three others underwent home quarantine procedures.
A total of 4,886 individuals have been housed in 40 quarantine stations in Johor from April 7 to April 21, Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said. Out of the total, he said 4,859 were classified as Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) and 27 individuals as People Under Investigation (PUI) who have been stationed at the quarantine stations.
The number of quarantine rooms in Johor Baru will be increased to 10,000 so that authorities can be fully prepared should there be a mass return of Malaysians who are working in neighbouring Singapore, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Businesses operating in Johor are expecting to face challenging times post-Covid-19 and movement control order (MCO).
Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) Johor branch deputy chairman Wong Kuen Kong said the property sector in the state would not be spared from the aftermath of the pandemic.
The Sarawak and Sabahan community in Johor Baru, especially from the B40 group, are seeking aid from the Johor state government.
Pasar Borneo Johor Association chairman Nili Akmuli said the daily necessities distributed by the Welfare Department (JKM) was not enough for all in the community in the district.
The state Health Department has provided two platforms to provide psychological and emotional support to the public during the movement control order (MCO).
State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan (pic) said that the Johor Health and Psychological Support (MHPSS) team has provided a special Covid-19 tele-counselling line at 07-2311027.
A total of 2,545 people in the state have been arrested for violating the movement control order (MCO) since its implementation last month.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that 136 individuals were arrested on Sunday (April 19) alone.
He also said that 1,327 individuals have also been charged in court for disobeying the MCO.
Police have arrested 14 men from China for involvement in cryptocurrency (bitcoin) scams in a house at Horizon Hills here.
Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said the arrests were made around 2.15pm on Saturday (April 18) following a two-month long surveillance.