Help hawkers too, Fed Govt urged

Jagdeep (third left) chatting with residents at Mewah Court Apartments in Jelutong, Penang.

THE Federal Government should be ready to help those who are in need, especially hawkers, when they implement the conditional movement control order (MCO) in several states, said Jagdeep Singh Deo.

The Penang local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman said the Covid-19 pandemic had affected all sectors and the priority now was to contain and control the virus.

“The economy has been affected since the MCO was implemented on March 18.

“Before they announced the conditional MCO, they should have studied the effect on the economy and provide assistance to the low-income group, including hawkers.

“During the debate in the Dewan Rakyat, priority must and should be focused on the needs of Malaysians.

“Following the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Federal Government decided to impose the conditional MCO once again.

“This has caused economic stress on many people, including the low-income group, ” he said during a visit to Mewah Court Apartments in Jelutong, Penang, on Tuesday.

He noted that the Penang government had spent over RM151mil on various economic stimulus packages for those affected by the pandemic.

Jagdeep added that compliance checks were carried out at over 1.12 million premises and public areas in Penang.

“The compliance rate on the island is 99.69% while the compliance rate on the mainland is 99.36%.

“I urge all Penangites to remain disciplined and closely follow all standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“I plead with everyone to adhere to the SOPs for public health and safety by wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and cleanliness at all times.

“Adhering to the SOPs is our vaccine to combat the virus at the moment.

“We have to work together as a family to overcome the pandemic and ensure that the virus is contained, ” he said.

Asked if notices about positive Covid-19 cases should be put up at the premises involved, Jagdeep said only the Health Ministry is allowed to make necessary announcements.

“The official Health Ministry website will identify clusters despite not disclosing the exact location of cases.

“It is more important for the joint management body (JMB) or management committee (MC) to make sure that residents strictly comply to the SOPs.

“Prevention is always better than cure. I have urged my officers from the Commissioner of Building and both city councils to take stern action if the SOPs are not adhered to.

“Warnings will be given to those who do not follow the SOPs and if the same issue happens again, we will take action.

“We cannot let one or two individuals jeopardise the health and safety of Penangites in general, ” he added.

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