Fearing for their safety

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

Police and army personnel are keeping watch at the condominium following 17 new Covid-19 positive cases. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

THE yellow police tape placed outside Menara City One condominium tower in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur, to stop people from going in and out, paints a grim picture of the situation inside.

The mixed residential tower has been put under enhanced movement control order (MCO) as of yesterday, after 17 people living there tested positive for Covid-19.

Until April 13, no one can go in or out, except for food delivery service workers who are only allowed to drop off food at the lobby.

A police van and some army personnel are on standby outside to ensure people adhere to the enhanced MCO.

Onlookers were seen being shooed away by uniformed personnel. Inside, Pooja E.R, who has been living there since 2000, is worried about her safety and that of her mother and aunt.

“I am worried, I will not lie, ’’ she told StarMetro when contacted.

“There are so many people here and we bump into all sorts of individuals in and out of the lifts, ” she said, adding that she was taking precautions and had adequate food supply for now.

The supermarkets inside the building have been ordered to close.

But those in need of supplies can contact the building’s management for help.

Another resident, who only wanted to be identified as Farida Begum, said she was aware that there were people who had contracted the virus living in the building.

“Three units were affected, but I was shocked to find out that 17 people were affected, ” Farida said.

Road block to monitor movement at Menara City One in Jalan Munshi Abdullah.Road block to monitor movement at Menara City One in Jalan Munshi Abdullah.

“We asked the management to reveal the units (affected) but they refused.

“We have the right to know, so we can stay away and do what is necessary, ” she added.

According to Pooja, Health Ministry officers had taken saliva samples from occupants of some units and could expand testing to those from other units too.

The building management company’s spokesman said only one of the infected persons staying at Menara City One was linked to the Sri Petaling tabligh cluster.

The majority of those infected are from one family living in two separate units in the condominium.

“Twelve people who tested positive for Covid-19 are from just one family, so it is not fair to say that many people were infected because the building has a high concentration of foreigners living there, ” said the spokesman in a statement.

“The 12 people infected are from a big family, who must have got it from close proximity, ” he added.

Some 70% of the condo tenants are foreigners from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

On Monday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob said the building was placed under enhanced MCO after the Health Ministry linked 17 confirmed Covid-19 cases to the building.

The enhanced MCO will affect 3,200 residents in the 502 condominium units and premises in the tower.

“Due to the restriction, we have left phone numbers for people to contact us if they need us to buy them food and essentials, ” he said.

“This service is not for everyone, but those in need like the elderly and the sick, ” he added.

Based on advice from the Health Ministry, the enhanced MCO will allow the tracking of cases from unit to unit within 14 days.

Residents can contact a special hotline at 03-2694 3243 if they need help.

This is the third place where enhanced MCO has been implemented, after two villages in Johor and an area of tahfiz schools in Hulu Langat in Selangor.

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