Check entry points to curb virus


THE Penang government is requesting for movement control to be enforced at its state borders for the state to efficiently break the infectious chain of Covid-19.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said they were requesting the Home Ministry to enforce movement control at the state borders.

“This approach has been taken much earlier by states like Sabah and Sarawak, which possess powers over their own immigration, ” he said in his daily announcement via Facebook live yesterday.

Chow said the state also hoped the Health Ministry would increase the number of Covid-19 tests and ease up on testing procedures.

“If needed, the state is prepared to assist the Health Ministry on the initiative within Penang.

“This is because we have to take the opportunity within the movement control order (MCO) period to ensure that all Covid-19 positive cases emerge during this period.

“This would then allow us to take the necessary actions, ” he said.

Chow added that the state would request the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and Human Resource Ministry to enforce the environment, health and safety protocols across all industrial parties.

“This is to ensure that all companies which are allowed to operate are compliant with the safety and health procedures.

“Besides, a clearer guideline needs to be updated and announced to the public in regards to industries and its supporting industries, ” he said.

Chow said he would be bringing up all the suggestions officially to the next meeting on Covid-19 management by the Malaysian National Security Council (NSC) and hoped the Federal Government would consider the suggestions.

As the state is currently under control, he said they were prepared to face the coming days including challenges to rebuild the state after the MCO.

“We assure the people that the state will always care for their welfare and wellbeing.

“As we pass the 20th day of the MCO, we can see that people are more understanding and compliant with the orders to stay home. But at the same time, we would like to urge the public to not spread fake news as they stay home.

“Within these 20 days, the state has already taken three main strategies to curb Covid-19.

“This is by enforcing the MCO through local authorities, disinfection works, information sharing with the public through various channels and by reducing impact through aid given under the Penang Covid-19 Fund, ” he said.

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