DISINFECTION and cleaning exercise on a large scale has been ongoing in parts of Selayang and Gombak, where certain mixed commercial and residential areas were cordoned off under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Selayang Municipal Council’s (MPS) Solid Waste Management and Health Department together with Gombak District Health Office disinfected six areas under enhanced MCO, where all roads leading in and out of the areas were closed.
MPS councillor S. Deveandran said the council used two lorry tankers with water jets to spray the bleach compound to disinfect the five-foot way.
“Five MPS staff have been assigned to handle each lorry tanker. It will take some time to ensure all areas are disinfected.
“Since Saturday heavy rain in the late afternoons slowed the operations but it is ongoing, ” he said.
On Saturday, Selayang Baru in Gombak became the seventh area to be placed under the enhanced MCO. It would be enforced until May 3.
The affected areas are Zone A (Jalan Indah 3 and Jalan Indah 5A, Selayang Indah), Zone B (Jalan Indah 21, Lembah Indah, Selayang Baru), Zone C (Jalan Besar Selayang Baru, Jalan 1 and Jalan Indah 21, Selayang Baru), Zone D (Jalan 3,5, 7 and 9, Selayang Baru), Zone E (Jalan 2,4, 6 and 8, Selayang Baru), and Zone F (Blok A, B and C, Selayang Makmur).
Deveandran added that with the help of the Social Welfare Department (JKM), he and a group of volunteers had been seeing to the well-being of the people.
“We have been giving out food ration to the 3,600 people within the lockdown area. Our team of volunteers and JKM staff are helping to meet the peoples’ needs including the foreigners who make up half of the population in the lockdown area, ” he said.
Deveandran oversees Zone 7 including Kampung Nakhoda, Taman Laksamana, Laksamana Permai, Taman Selayang, Taman Sri Astana, Putra Laksamana, Selayang Makmur, Kampung Laksamana, Villa Laksamana, and Kampung Selayang Baru (Jalan 2 to 18).
On Monday, a check showed all shops within the enhanced MCO area were shut while those located outside remained open for essential business such as groceries and food.
Deveandran said MPS workers removed piles of rubbish and disinfected all touch points where germs could spread easily, such as escalator handles, trolleys for bags, railings and doorknobs.
Another MPS councillor, U Chin Ong, who visited the restricted areas, urged locals and foreigners to observe a high standard of hygiene and adhere to social distancing.
“Health Department officers are doing the compulsory Covid-19 screening test.
“Residents in the enhanced MCO area are giving their full cooperation and the screening is going on smoothly, ” he said, adding that MPS frontliners were advised to be extra cautious when carrying out their work.