Embassies should supply daily food to their citizens under EMCO, says Malaysian Defence Minister

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 8: The foreign embassies should be responsible to supply food and the daily needs to their citizens under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in two mansions in Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur.

The two mansions, Selangor Mansion and Selangor Malayan Mansion have almost 6,000 occupants mostly foreigners working in various sectors in Malaysia.

The EMCO on these two mansions were enforced April 7 following 15 occupants were infected with COVID-19.

Minister of Defence and Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, about 97% of the occupants living in those two mansions are foreigners and for that the daily needs including the food supply should be the  responsibility of the related embassies

 “The Foreign Affairs Ministry has informed the foreign embassies concerned to take care of their citizens’ welfare.

“If they need any assistance the occupants can contact the EMCO Operational Centre at the premises.” Ismail said in a press conference here today.

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The Government has directed the two mansions to be under EMCO due to 15 occupants were infected with COVID-19 positive.

In another development, Ismail said the government is giving away 4 pieces of face masks to every household with the Ministry of Health’s suggestion that mask should be worn only by those with COVID-19 symptoms.

Ismail said, 24.62 million face masks are in the distribution process to the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) which will then distribute to the districts.

Meanwhile the masks will be sent to Sabah and Sarawak via Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) special flights on Friday.

The minister also urged the donors to the COVID-19 Fund launched by the government to register with the Ministry of Finance for tax exemption.

As of April 7, the fund has collected RM22.66 million from the people and corporate bodies.

Ismail also said about 127 quarantine centres including 12 hotels have started its operation. 8,153 individuals are now undergoing the compulsory 14 days quarantine.

“As of April 7, 697 Malaysians have returned and are now undergoing quarantine while 18 individuals with COVID-19 symptoms have been sent to the hospital.

“The government is in the process to gazette 67 other hotels to be quarantine centres and that will make 112 hotels as quarantine centres. Any hotel interested to become a quarantine centre could contact the Ministry of Tourism , Art and Culture (MOTAC).

On MCO compliance, Ismail reported, 454 individuals were detained, 380 were remanded while 74 individuals were on bail and 630 were charged in the courts.

“From March 18 until April 7, 6,905 individuals have been detained for not complying the MCO,” said Ismail -Malaysia World News.


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