Compliance with the movement control order (MCO) in Ampang has been encouraging with about 90% of residents adhering to it.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Datuk Abdul Hamid Hussain said except for isolated cases, most residents were following the rules.
“The feedback from officers on the ground has been mostly positive. It is good to see people adhering to the rules on their own so that strict enforcement is not necessary, ” he said, adding that movement among residents usually happened in the morning when people went out to buy groceries.
“Markets and supermarkets tend to be busiest during this time, but even then we find that people are practising social distancing, ” said Abdul Hamid.
He said the high compliance rate was due to several factors, including limiting entrance points to public areas such as markets and controlling crowds in congested places.
MPAJ has also been using loud hailers in public areas to remind people to maintain their distance, use face masks when out in public and sanitise their hands before leaving markets and business premises.
MPAJ also conducted daily disinfection at Ampang Point, Taman Kosas, Bukit Indah, Bandar Baru Ampang, Ampang Avenue, Pusat Bandar Melawati, Pusat Bandar
Permata, Ukay Bistari, Bukit Antarabangsa, Taman Ukay Perdana, Taman Musa, Taman Putra and Taman Seraya, among others.
Joint operations together with the police were also carried out based on reports of non-compliance at food courts and restaurants.
Only one incident was reported, where a food delivery rider was detained last week for disobeying the MCO and assaulting a policeman in Pandan Cahaya. A video clip that went viral showed the man hitting a policeman while being questioned.
Meanwhile, Teratai assemblyman Bryan Lai said two Rela personnel were stationed at the Taman Tasek Tambahan market from Friday to Sunday to help maintain order.
He said teams were also mobilised to distribute canned food and rice to those in need, adding that 3,500 families had since benefited.
To make the process easier, Lai has made available a form online so that people can fill in their details which will be verified before the items are distributed.
“Several non-governmental organisations, companies and individuals have come forward to sponsor these items, ” said Lai.
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