Better prepared for enhanced MCO

Armed Forces personnel patrolling the entrance to Taman Sri Murni which is one of the areas included under the enhanced movement control order. —AZMAN GHANI/ The Star

THE authorities have divided the latest enhanced movement control order (MCO) areas in Kuala Lumpur into eight zones, namely A, B, C, D, E1, E2, E3 and F.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara Kumar said the eight parcels included Jalan 6/3A, Jalan 9/3A, Jalan 2/3A of Pusat Bandar Utara as well as Taman Batu View, Taman Batu Hampar, and Taman Sri Murni Phase 1, 2 and 3 in Selayang.

In zones E1, E2 and E3, some 30% of the residents are Malaysians.

In other zones, foreigners make up 80% to 90% of total residents.

“The majority of residents in these areas are Rohingya, some of whom are undocumented, with a small number of foreigners from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“We have reached out to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and they have agreed to meet with us.

“We also plan to set up a hotline to assist people who are living in enhanced MCO areas,” he said in a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall crisis management centre.

Edmund Santhara said the sudden announcement of the enhanced MCO on April 20 was to limit the number of people fleeing the Pusat Bandar Utara and Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market areas.

A motorcyclist riding past Pasar Harian Selayang on the second day of the enhanced MCO. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The StarA motorcyclist riding past Pasar Harian Selayang on the second day of the enhanced MCO. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

He added that the area was locked down at 3.30am because that was the time when most foreigners living there would return from work.

“We improved our operations following the Jalan Masjid India incident where some of them left the area after the enhanced MCO was enforced.

“If these people leave, they might cause a new cluster of Covid-19 to break out in other areas,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the police and army have barricaded the area to prevent all entry and exit except for essential personnel.

Asked how they were planning to feed the affected residents, said to number some 16,000, Edmund Santhara said the Welfare Department would collect information on their needs.

He said several private companies have pledged aid worth RM750,000 to feed those affected by the enhanced MCO.

“We also urge any non-governmental organisations that want to help to get in touch with us,” he added.
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