KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Desa Bistari Flats in Batu Uban, Penang ended today, earlier than scheduled, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Desa Bistari flats in Batu Uban, Penang ends today.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the area, which was initially scheduled to be under the EMCO until Dec 31, would see the order being lifted earlier as screenings by the Health Ministry have been completed.
"The government previously extended the EMCO at Desa Bistari flats, Batu Uban, Mukim 13, Timur Laut in Penang until Dec 31.
The famous dual chariot procession, bearing the statue of Lord Murugan, during Thaipusam in Penang is most likely to be cancelled next year due to Covid-19 to prevent mass gathering.
The procession of the over 100-year-old silver chariot and the recent golden chariot is the highlight of the annual three-day Thaipusam celebration in the state.
Penang has reported an increase in domestic tourists after the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was lifted in most parts of the state on Dec 6.
Penang Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said hotel occupancy rate in the state had seen some growth in the past two weeks.
More than 1,000 residents of Flat Desa Bistari here have appealed for food aid for those affected by the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO), which has since been extended until Dec 31.
Desa Bistari Residents Association chairman Md Yusry Md Yusoff said before the extension, they had received food aid from non-governmental organisations (NGO) and local leaders.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will mount roadblocks at the flats in Persiaran Paya Terubong, Relau and Flat Desa Bistari Blocks A and B, Batu Uban from Dec 7 to 20 as these two localities have been declared as red zone areas and placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
The state special security committee meeting today has proposed that consideration be given to impose the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) only on targeted localities instead of the whole state.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in a statement issued after the meeting, said the state National Security Council (NSC) would bring up the proposal at the special NSC meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
Nearly 2,000 foreign workers staying in a hotel-turned-workers hostel near here were affixed with the pink wristbands since last night.
They are believed to be working in four manufacturing facilities here, which have reported at least one positive Covid-19 case in recent days.
The Covid-19 pandemic, that is still plaguing the world, has been affecting all walks of life, especially small traders who are feeling the pinch the most due to the outbreak.
A check at the Penang Sentral here today found that the majority of traders were concerned as they have hardly any customers of late.
The temporary closure of several factories in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone here is necessary to break the chain of Covid-19 infection and prevent the situation from escalating, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said this had to be done although it would have a huge impact and result in major losses.
The government has agreed to enforce the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at the Seberang Prai prison and prison quarters in Penang for another two weeks from Nov 19 to Dec 2.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made following advice from the Health Ministry that 73 Covid-19 screening tests on prison staff and families were yet to be released.
He said the cumulative positive cases in the areas were 557 cases.