160 factories instructed to close since January 2021, EMCO imposed on 2 localities in Sabah, 1 in Kelantan 


KUALA LUMPUR JUNE 18: One hundred and six (106) factories were instructed to close from 496 factories that had been checked by the Task Force Compliance Operation Team from 1st until 17th June 2021.

Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, cumulatively 24,928 factories and business premises have been checked since 14th January 2021 involving 22,819 business premises and 2,109 factories.

To date 160 factories and 17 non-factory premises have been directed to close.

Ismail said, the monitoring operation and stiff actions have been taken to ensure that manufacturing and business sectors are adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) that has been gazetted in the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Meanwhile, the National Security Council (MKN) has received 382 reports according to categories that need to have enforcement action from various ministries/agencies.

From the reports received, Ismail said, the highest came from the non-compliance in the limitation of workers present at the work places with 98 reports, non-essential (77) and not adhering to the SOP (60).

Regarding the Task Force Compliance Operation, Ismail said, yesterday 759 individuals had been detained for not complying with the SOP and out of which 711 individuals were issued with compounds and 48 remanded.

Among the non-compliance activities committed were failing to record personal details/registration entering premises (140), no physical distancing (136), not wearing mask (135), inter-state/district travel without permission/eating at the premises (123), not adhering to the movement control directives (94), carrying more passengers (55), premises failing to adhere to directives (14) and others (62).

On another development, Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) has been imposed on two localities in Sabah namely Grace Villa Condo, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu, PPRT Kampung Pasir Putih, Putatan together with Taman Sri Purnama, Mukim Padang, Pak Amat, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan effective 20th June until 3rd July 2021 following the rise in positive COVID-19 cases along with high positivity rate.

Ismail said in Grace Villa Condo, since 13th until 16th June 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has recorded eight new COVID-19 cases with high infectivity rate in the locality.

“The implementation of EMCO is to enable MOH to carry out screening tests in the community, tracing and separating the new cases and conducting effective contact tracing,” Ismail said in a statement here today.

Ismail added, at PPRT Kampung Pasir Putih, Putatatan, Sabah, until today nine positive COVID-19 cases had been detected within a week with high infectivity rate in the locality.

The implementation of EMCO, said Ismail will ensure people with high risk of infection remain staying in the areas/localities.

Meanwhile EMCO is extended on two localities in Sabah effective 20th June until 3rd July 2021 and the affected areas are Kampung Gusi Kinarut, Papar and Kampung Perpaduan, Pulau Banggi, Kudat.

According to MOH, in both localities the transmission of COVID-19 and new cases are still recorded in the community besides many screen test samples are pending for the results. –Malaysia World News

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