TRANSPORTERS delivering food supplies are now allowed to go into areas placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) in Penang to replenish essentials and food at market and sundry shops.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the matter was resolved during a State Security Council meeting on Wednesday following complaints of insufficient food supply in Persiaran Paya Terubong which is placed under enhanced MCO.
“It has been decided that the police now will allow suppliers to enter and deliver produce and essential needs to the market and other shops.
“The decision earlier was to not allow anyone into the area, including food suppliers.
“The suppliers and shops involved however need to obtain a letter from local authorities stating that they are delivering the supplies, ” he said during a press conference at Komtar yesterday.
Earlier, some residents had complained about insufficient food supply in areas placed under the enhanced MCO in Paya Terubong.
The situation was made worse when the wet market located within the area was closed on Tuesday.
A resident who only wanted to be known as Chong alleged that food supplies like vegetables, fish and chickens were dwindling as lorries delivering such items had stopping coming into the area.
He also claimed that almost all the wet market traders were having problems coming into the area as they were living outside the red zone.
“I tried to go to other wet markets and shops outside the restricted zone, but was told to turn back at the checkpoint.
“The police on duty said I could only do my marketing within the enhanced MCO area.
“They said all the basic necessities and essentials are available for sale here.
“I hope the authorities will look into the matter and take necessary action to help solve the problem, ” he said.
It was earlier reported that the Persiaran Paya Terubong flats and Desa Bistari Apartments had been placed under enhanced MCO until Sunday.
Persiaran Paya Terubong covers an area of 2.4sq km, involving 10,000 residents in 13 apartments and condominium blocks with 2,730 units, while Desa Bistari Apartments in Batu Uban cover an area of 800sq m with around 2,000 residents.
There are two police roadblocks at the Persiaran Paya Terubong flats and one at Desa Bistari Apartment.
Meanwhile, Desa Indah Blok 86 Residents Association chairman Mohd Azril Ahmad, 40, said he ad heard of residents facing food shortages in the area.
He said although there was assistance from the Village Community Management Councils (MPKK), the aid did not come ‘systematically’ as dozens of people were left without getting food supplies.
“I don’t see any non-governmental organisations coming to help, but I must say thanks to Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin for helping us out, ” he said.
He said the relevant authorities should ensure food supplies were fairly distributed to all affected residents in the area.