All hands on deck needed

A roadblock set up in Paya Terubong last month. Under the latest MCO, there will be 39 roadblocks.

PENANGITES have been urged to fully cooperate with the authorities in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said eight active clusters had been reported in the state as of Monday.

“We are now facing the third wave and cases in Penang breached the three-figure mark at the end of 2020.

“We need everyone’s cooperation to make this latest movement control order (MCO) a success.

“We admit it is hard to find a balance between the interests of public health and the economy.

“Thus, we have to make decisions when faced with certain situations.

“The people need to understand that without public health stability, economic growth cannot be achieved or guaranteed, ” said Chow.

Meanwhile, 39 roadblocks involving 1,142 personnel will be set up in the state during the course of the movement control order from today until Jan 26.

The roadblocks will be manned by members of the Royal Malaysia Police, the Malaysian Armed Forces, Rela volunteers and the Civil Defence Force.

Chow said the roadblocks were among the components decided for the MCO after the Penang Security Council Committee (JKKN) meeting yesterday.

He said the state had also sent a letter to the National Disaster Management Agency director-general to suggest setting up new low-risk quarantine and treatment centres.

“This is regarding the suggestions for a new centre at the Mara Excellence Centre in Jawi and at the Pesta site in Sungai Nibong.

“Both locations will be able to house up to 1,000 patients.

“We requested additional allocations under the National Disaster Relief Fund as well.”

Chow added that JKKN had also forwarded requests to ministries about the initiatives put forth by the private sector in the state.

“Among the initiatives was the agreement by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Penang to carry out Covid-19 testing among their workers.

“Some 100 private clinics under the Penang Medical Practitioner Society are prepared to offer free Covid-19 vaccine injections to residents in the state as well, ” he said.

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