No more extension, please


Barbed wire fencing at a road stretch at one of the enhanced MCO areas in Bayan Lepas.

FAMILIES placed under the enhanced movement control order (MCO) at 13 localities in Bayan Lepas, Penang, are looking forward to getting on with their daily routine.

They are hoping for the order to be lifted as they complete their two-week long movement restriction at their respective residential areas today.

Delivery man Harizal Haron, 47, said there seems to be fewer cases in his housing area in Kampung Bukit, Bayan Lepas, for the past two weeks.

“I hear most of them who were under quarantine are having their pink wristbands cut, meaning they will no longer be under quarantine and have tested negative for Covid-19.

“There are still some of them undergoing home quarantine but the number is low.

“As most of us come from the low income group, it would be great to go back to our jobs.

“So, we are praying there will be no more extension to the 14-day enhanced MCO here, ” he said.

Harizal said his three children have been kept busy with online classes.

“They are pursuing their higher education and are back home studying online, ” he said.

A resident in Bayu Tiara, who wished to be known as Mohd Azhar, 40, said he was happy with the community support and rations provided for them in the duration.

“It has definitely been a quiet two weeks and most of us are bored.

“I only go out to buy things when needed, but mostly I stay at home.

“I work in a factory and need to go back to earn a living.

“It is harder for adults as we are used to working and being out, but children have found it easier

as most of them are glued to their gadgets, ” he said.

Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz said he was aware that the number of Covid-19 cases had dropped in the enhanced MCO areas.

“We are hoping they will end the enhanced MCO here but even then, it will take about two weeks to help those living in the affected areas to fully get back to their daily routine.

“We will be looking into their needs and be ready with supplies if there is a necessity, ” he said when met after receiving 500 hampers of dry rations from a private company.

Azrul said the rations were second round of supplies handed out to those in need in the affected areas.

“We want to make sure it is easy for them to transition out of the enhanced MCO when it is officially lifted.

“Meanwhile, we will make sure that they have ample supply of essentials, ” he said.

About 10, 000 residents from about 2, 500 households are affected by the enhanced MCO in 13 localities in Bayan Lepas.

The enhanced MCO is being implemented at Sri Bayu, Bayu Tiara, Bayu Nyaman, Halaman Murni, Bayan Permai, Bayan Tiara, Taman Ara Indah, Kampung Bukit, Kampung Perlis, Kampung Masjid, Jalan Mahkamah, Kampung Pak Lah and Lebuh Kampung Bukit.

The decision to implement the enhanced MCO in the localities was made after health authorities recorded 83 new cases within two weeks with a total number of positive cases exceeding 250.

The enhanced MCO is scheduled to remain in effect until today.

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