Plaza Hentian Kajang grinds to a halt


A medical officer directing residents to where they will be screened for Covid-19. — Photos: NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

THE once-bustling Kompleks Perhentian Kajang bus terminal was all quiet after the implementation of the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in the area.

At 10am yesterday, about 20 officers from the Hulu Langat Health District Office in personal protective equipment (PPE) were seen screening residents living in the shophouses for Covid-19.

Some residents were spotted buying necessities from sundry shops.

The bus terminal is located within Plaza Hentian Kajang.

On Tuesday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the enhanced MCO would

be implemented in Plaza Hentian Kajang and Sungai Emas

flats in Jalan Emas 31 and 32 in Kuala Langat from Oct 28 to Nov 10.

The enhanced MCO was put in place after 63 out of 909 individuals from that area tested positive following a Covid-19 screening.

A total of 7,500 residents are affected in the Plaza Hentian Kajang area, including surrounding shoplots.

Meanwhile, some of the residents here seemed wary of the enhanced MCO and Covid-19 screening while others took it in stride, like Rohana Mat Daud.

Barbed wires surround Plaza Hentian Kajang since it was placed under enhanced MCO.Barbed wires surround Plaza Hentian Kajang since it was placed under enhanced MCO.

“When I heard the announcement, I managed to store some food for myself and my cousin who lives with me.

“If I run out of food, my friends from outside the area can have it delivered, ” said the 48-year-old tailor.

She said she would do her part to follow all standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the authorities.“I have lived here for nine years. I cannot go to work in Section 4 Tambahan, Bangi.

“My employer had me screened for Covid-19 too, ” she added.

Things were not as smooth for business owners who were forced to close or shorten their operating hours.

Teezan Maju Jaya Enterprise accountant Komadi Yamuna, 42, said she was barred from entering Plaza Hentian Kajang to open the sundry shop and wet market.

“I was stopped by the authorities. So I asked my worker, who lives in one of the shoplots, to help.

“We are only allowed to open from 8am to 2pm, ” she said.

Komadi said after the announcement was made, residents flocked to her shop to stock up on food supplies.

“We could not replenish our supplies with the current stock we had. It can only last one or two days, ” she added.

Iqfa Caterer owner Hasbullah Sinong, 62, said he had to cease operations for two weeks.

“We have to cancel some of the orders made prior to the enhanced MCO.

“I will lose some revenue because of this, ” he said.

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