2,125 locations, including public areas, disinfected to prevent spread of virus


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 05 Jun 2020

Fire and Rescue Department personnel disinfecting public area. - Filepic.

JOHOR BARU: Johor Fire and Rescue Department has been carrying out disinfection operations at 2,125 locations in the state to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said this included 803 government buildings, 163 religious premises, 478 public places and some 689 other premises.

“Operations were carried out by the department starting from March 27, after the movement control order (MCO) was imposed.

“The department’s hazardous material unit (Hazmat) has also been disinfecting Malaysians who arrive at quarantine centres in the state, ” he said.

He added that they had carried out 122 disinfection operations at 78 quarantine centres until June 2.

The quarantine centres housed about 8,124 people under surveillance.

Vidyananthan said that on June 3 alone, the fire department had carried out at least nine disinfection operations statewide.

The focus of such operations included public markets, bus and taxi terminals, government buildings and petrol stations.

Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud said the council had sanitised more than 1,101 public places since the MCO started.

“Six public markets, 353 playgrounds, 60 mosques, 204 surau, 361 bus-stops, 24 multi-purpose halls and other places in the state were sanitised to help eliminate potential for the spread of the virus.

“To-date, MBJB has also conducted inspections on 8,749 business premises and 264 factories in areas under its jurisdiction, with the help of the police.

“The inspections were to ensure operators adhered to the standard operating procedures (SOP) put in place by the government during the MCO, ” Adib said in a statement.

He said some were found flouting the SOP and that action was taken against them.

“A total 1,127 were verbally warned, 389 given notices and 14 compounded.

“MBJB confiscated items and shut down 156 licensed premises, ” he said, adding that some were also found operating illegally.

Besides enforcement action, Adib said the council gave out 111,557 face masks to the public in Johor Baru and donated RM201,000 to the Johor Covid-19 fund.

“The donation is from MBJB staff’s salary deduction programme from April until December this year, ” he said.

On another matter, he said city denizens were encouraged to use the digital platform when dealing with MBJB, for services ranging from paying assessment rates and compounds to multi-purpose hall rental and licence renewal.

Some of the online services provided are e-Khidmat, SISPAA, OSC Online, Johor Online Payment, JomPay, i-perolehan, i-Tuntutan, i-traffic and e-MyVIS.

Those who wish to come to the MBJB office must make an appointment first through the i-Appointment platform.

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