PENANG Hill Corporation (PHC) has carried out sanitisation exercise on its assets and premises, taking advantage of the railway closure to tourists during the two-week movement control order (MCO) period.
Its general manager Datuk Cheok Lay Leng said the sanitisation process was conducted at the PHC office, the lower and upper stations and the funicular trains.
“With tourists barred from visiting Penang Hill, this is the best time for us to sanitise and clean the places.
“We will also conduct some repairs and maintenance works on our assets and facilities.
“As you know, thousands of holidaymakers came to Penang Hill during the school holiday last year.
“This is our effort in ensuring good hygiene, especially during the pandemic, ” he told reporters when met at the Penang Hill lower station yesterday.
Cheok also dismissed talk that the sanitisation was done because some of the PHC staff had contracted the virus.
“That’s not true. The sanitation was done as a proactive measure to help the government flatten the curve of infections.
“Before this, we have sent eight of our staff for Covid-19 swab tests, with the expenses borne by the company.
“We have always been careful. If any of our staff shows symptom, we will send them for swab tests immediately, ” he said.
Cheok said during the MCO period, the funicular train services would still be available for essential workers and hill residents.
“There are seven trips per day for essential workers and hill residents, with the last trip at 6.30pm.
“There is a small clinic and a police station on top of the hill as well as some Penang Island City Council staff who work there from Monday to Friday, ” he said.
Thirteen Fire and Rescue Department officers and personnel were involved in the operation led by assistant enforcement chief Faris Mansur.
During the operation, PHC staff members were also briefed by firemen on the proper way to conduct sanitisation on their own.
“It is better for any organisation to do sanitisation on their own rather than waiting for us.
“Follow the state Health Department’s advice and do scheduled sanitisation at your workplace, ” he said.