Illegal immigrants caused the surge in COVID-19 in Sabah – Senior Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR OCT.22: Senior and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he has to make live media conference everyday to inform the people about the actions the government has taken on non-health strategies to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

Ismail said, the Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham on the other hand will announce the health strategies that the government has taken in his daily media conference.

“The people want to know what are the government’s action on those who refuse to wear masks that will endanger others’ from COVID-19 infections.

“The people also want to know about the government’s action in particular the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the Royal Police Malaysia (RPM) in stopping the incoming of illegal immigrants that had caused the surge in COVID-19 in Sabah,” he said at the press conference here today.

The people he said know that the government has formed a task force to stop the illegal immigrants from coming into the country and information about the authorities’ activities should be disseminated to the masses.

Ismail was responding to a reporter that posed the question raised by an opposition party leader via a media social on the purpose of Ismail conducting adaily media conference on COVID-19 pandemic.

On another development, the government has decided to impose Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on nine prisons nationwide involving the North and Selangor Zones due to the spike in COVID-19 cases effective today till 4th November 2020.

The five prisons in the North Zone include Perlis Correctional Centre, Sungai Petani Prison, Taiping Prison, Kamunting Correctional Centre and Tapah Prison.

Meanwhile the four prisons affected in the EMCO in Selangor Zone are Sungai Buloh Remand Prison, Kajang Prison, Kajang Women Prison and Puncak AlamCorrectional Centre.However Ismail added, the standard operating procedures (SOP) include movements are not allowed in these places including family members visiting the prisoners.

“Prisoners who will be released during CMCO will be separated from the other prisoners,” he said.The Senior Minister also said, EMCO is also imposed on Anjung Teduh FELDA Sahabat Lahad Datu, Sabah effective from 24th October till 6th November 2020.

The EMCO, he added, involved 544 houses with 4,629 people.

The grocery shops however are permitted to operate their business from 6.00am until 6.00pm to allow the people to buy their basic needs.

Besides that EMCO is also enforced on six localities in Semporna involving Kampung Bangau-Bangau, Kampung Panji, Kampung Air, Kampung Selamat, Kampung Simumul, Kampung Pinggir Bakau and Kampung Pangkalan in Kunak Ismail said, the EMCO will be effective from 24th October till 6th November 2020.

The enforcement of the order was due to the active transmissions of COVID-19 following the risks valuation done by the Ministry of Health (MOH). –Malaysia World News


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