THERE is a tendency among people in residential areas to flout the National Security Council (MKN) standard operating procedures (SOP), compared to when they are in central commercial areas.
The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) Covid-19 task force made this observation during its rounds to check on SOP compliance during the conditional movement control order (MCO).
Council president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said the Covid-19 task force found that people often did not bother to comply with the SOP when they were in their housing area.
This careless attitude, he said, was concerning as residents returning from work or other places might have contracted the virus and could pass it on to their neighbours.
“We have been carrying out more enforcement and awareness programmes to drive home the message that people need to be more cautious.
“With cases still being detected in other parts of the state, we urge residents to be mindful of the SOP, ” he said.
Mohd Fauzi hoped the public would abide by the rules as the authorities were not able to monitor public compliance and enforce the SOP around the clock.
He said based on MPAJ’s observations, non-compliance was prevalent in medium- and low-cost flats as well as apartments.
“Residents do not wear their face mask when in common areas at their flats or when going to sundry shops on the premises.
“Some even gather in groups to chat.
“They assume that they do not have to fully comply with the SOP because they do not see the authorities patrolling the area, ” he said.
Mohd Fauzi warned that such careless attitude could give birth to new clusters.
He said there were 30 Covid-19 positive cases within the municipality, namely in Ampang and Hulu Kelang.
As a precautionary measure, MPAJ carried out a disinfection exercise last week at the Desa Lembah Permai flats in Ampang after one Covid-19 case was found there.
Several teams carried out sanitisation of the four blocks of residential units as well as checked on compliance of the SOP at commercial areas.
During the operation, the council issued notices to several food and sundry shop operators for violating the SOP including failure to limit the number of customers.
“Every day we have four teams carrying out sanitisation works at hotspot areas such as shopping centres, surau and community halls, ” MPAJ Environmental Health senior assistant officer Rosniza Che Harun said.
“But we will also focus on areas with cases in a single locality, ” she said.
Between March 18 and Oct 15, the council’s Health Department sanitised 733 areas.
Checks by MPAJ at 1,697 premises --- between April 1 and Oct 15 --- found that only 489 businesses complied with the MKN SOP.
Some 1,091 premises failed to fully adhere to the SOP including carrying out temperature checks, manually recording information of shoppers without a smartphone and limiting the number of visitors in their premises.
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