KUALA LUMPUR – The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) will be carried out at the Kamunting Correctional Centre (KEMTA) in Perak beginning tomorrow until 12 January.
Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the EMCO had to be carried out due to the increment of Covid-19 positive cases at the centre reported by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
“The EMCO is implemented to control the existing cluster and to stop it from infecting other inmates, staff, family members and the community outside of KEMTA,” he said in a statement.
According to Ismail Sabri, as of 24 December, the MOH had conducted 1,490 Covid-19 screenings on the detainees and from that amount, 50 of them were tested positive of the disease.
In another development, he said that the police had arrested 142 individuals for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) and compounds have been issued on all of them.
Among the violations were failing to provide equipment to record customer’s personal data (78), not wearing face mask (53), not observing physical distancing (9) and others (2).
He also said that 16 illegal immigrants were arrested through Op Benteng operation and three land vehicles were seized.
The authorities also conducted 110 roadblocks to ensure that the Covid-19 outbreak can be contained.
“The government will take strict actions on anyone who try to breach the country’s border illegally and the enforcement agencies will continue its strict control on the borders, especially at the illegal routes,” he added. –MalaysiaGazette