Thousands of commuters still want to leave the island via the Penang Bridge even as police tighten the roadblock. Although the movement control order (MCO) entered its sixth day, thousands of cars still plied Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway yesterday from the city to the bridge.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy has urged the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) to release a full list of factories that have been allowed to operate. The Penang lawmaker said there are now many grey areas in the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) on industrial and manufacturing facilities.
The Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) has warned all roadside stalls to stop operations during the movement control order (MCO) or face strict enforcement action by the authorities. MBSP Mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the enforcement team will seize all items at any roadside stall that refuses to adhere to the order.
The Apollo wet market in Jalan Raja Uda here remained vibrant with stalls crowded with people in the morning despite word that the army would be arriving to assist the police in enforcing the movement control order (MCO).
Covid-19: Malaysia’s 10th victim is also Penang’s first. The 74-year-old man who died on Sunday (March 22) marked the first Covid-19 fatality in the state. The man, the 10th to die of the disease in Malaysia, showed symptoms on March 8 and was warded in Penang Hospital on March 13. The man's case was reported to be linked to the tabligh cluster.
The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will be limiting the number of customers entering the premises of wet markets on the island from Tuesday onwards. In a statement today, the city council said there will only be one entrance and exit point for each wet market.
Malaysia’s largest nasi kandar restaurant chain, Pelita Samudra Pertama (M) Sdn Bhd (Pelita) is handing out food from today for frontliners battling the Covid-19 pandemic. “We want to show appreciation for those making Malaysia a better and safer place. “The frontliners have been working 24 hours for us and we want to give back to them,” he said today.
Police have denied that a tabligh doctor who underwent a Covid-19 test allegedly escaped from the Seberang Jaya Hospital (HSJ) isolation room yesterday, saying the man left to perform his prayers. He advised the public not to spread fake news that could disrupt public peace and order.
In Penang, cops to increase security at hospitals together with army. The police, with the assistance of the Armed Forces, will set up a mobile police station at government hospitals in the state as a safety measure. He said the mobile police station will be stationed there 24 hours so there will be three shifts of eight hours for those on duty.
Zairil Khir helps implement social distancing at Penang market. Ensuring social distancing and conducting temperature checks at the Air Itam market here during the Movement Control Order (MCO) is almost impossible – but a local DAP rep has shown how the measures could be adopted elsewhere.
The Penang state government will be supplying hand sanitisers, thermometers and other items to certain sectors in the community next week as part of its strategy to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Chow Kon Yeow announced today. He said the state had successfully supplied surgical gowns, beds and pillows to the Penang Hospital as requested.
MCO: After initial congestion, Penang market crowds dissipate. Crowds which had thronged four hotspots in Penang despite the Movement Control Order (MCO) over the last four days have largely disappeared. This follows the closure of roadside hawker stalls set up outside the popular markets of Air Itam, Jelutong, Jalan Perak and Bayan Baru here.
The Penang Water Supply Corporation (PWSC) will suspend water meter reading operations and close its nine customer service centres from March 23 to 31.
Its chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said the initiative is in line with the nationwide implementation of the movement control order (MCO) to ensure effective social distancing in efforts to prevent Covid-19 infection.
GEORGE TOWN: Starting on Sunday (March 22), roadside hawking around market complexes in four crowded areas on the island will no longer be allowed to ensure that people abide by the movement control order (MCO).
Vagrants continue to sleep in Penang’s public spaces despite movement control order. Every night, more than 70 vagrants gather around Komtar, line the sidewalk with cardboard pieces and turn the site into their “homes”.
The police stopped four people, three men and a woman, in a vehicle in a roadblock here today after one of them was found to have attended the mass religious gathering held at the Jamek Sri Petaling mosque. Southwest district police chief Supt A.Anbalagan said one of the occupants in the car, a 55-year-old man, was found to have attended the mass tabligh ijtimak gathering while the woman in the car is his wife.
People are still crowding the Air Itam market here despite warnings and instructions by the authorities to comply with the Movement Control Order (MCO). A Penang City Council (MBPP) traffic unit enforcement team was seen patrolling the area twice and using hailers to tell the public to disperse but their orders fell on deaf ears.
Penang may restrict the operating hours of food outlets if the people continue to ignore the movement control order (MCO). Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state may emulate Pahang, who has decreed that it will only allow business hours in five districts – Kuantan, Pekan, Jerantut, Temerloh and Bentong - from 7am to 7pm, starting Sunday.
The Penang state government will pay civil servants here their monthly salaries today in appreciation of their efforts to help it tackle the Covid-19 epidemic, and to help them face the difficulties of the time. Announcing this in a press conference which was broadcast live on his personal Facebook account today, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pix) said the state government decided to pay the monthly salaries earlier than usual in appreciation of the work done by state civil servants who had toiled to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
A man stopped by Penang Island City Council enforcers for jogging in City Park here has questioned if the government and its officers are aware that the movement control order (MCO) was to prevent crowding, and not force people to stay indoors.
Penang exco Chong Eng asked state residents to delay the annual Qing Ming festival in light of the Movement Control Order (MCO) that is effective until March 31. The women, family development, gender inclusiveness and religions other than Islam committee chairman said everyone must adhere to the MCO to stay home.
A man who was stopped by Penang Island City Council enforcers for jogging in City Park here on Thursday (March 19) was defiant, arguing and refusing to return home desppite the fact that he was in violation of the movement contol order (MCO).
The Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP), through Zakat Penang, will provide a one-off RM500 cash assistance to petty traders, hawkers and workers categorised as hard core poor following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO). Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, who is MAINPP president, said the move is aimed at reducing the burden of the poor, who are affected by the 14-day ruling.
The Penang government has instructed both city councils to tighten enforcement against those who flout the Movement Control Order (MCO). Earlier this morning, large crowds were seen at the Air Itam market, despite the MCO being enforced for the second day. Penang Island City Council (MBPP) enforcement officers and personnel had used loudspeakers to advice the people to stay home at all times and only go out if necessary.
Penangites came out in droves to shop at the Ayer Itam market on Thursday (March 19) in spite of the ongoing movement control order (MCO). As early as 8am, the traffic at the Ayer Itam area was already congested. The market was bustling with those looking to get their supplies to cook and those who wanted takeaways.