KL residents taking steps to ensure EMCO not imposed again

RESIDENTS in Kuala Lumpur who were recently under the enhanced movement control order are taking measures to ensure another lockdown does not happen in their areas.

In Sentul, Kampung Padang Balang residents are slowly adjusting to life after they were placed under a two-week enhanced MCO.

Residents Association chairman Mohd Amir Fisal said they would be focusing on more preventive measures to tackle Covid-19 in the community.

“It is most important to provide accredited information about the virus and vaccinations to our residents.Mohd Amir says Kampung Padang Balang residents have been advised to only leave the area for emergencies.Mohd Amir says Kampung Padang Balang residents have been advised to only leave the area for emergencies.

“Once they truly understand what needs to be done, it will be easier to put into practice.

“This would include messages such as the importance of maintaining physical distancing even with neighbours.

“We have also advised them to not go out of the village unless for emergencies or important work.”

He added that they were also encouraging residents, especially seniors, to take up activities that would keep their minds active.

“Many of our seniors are stuck at home worrying about their children and grandchildren and this is affecting their health.

“So we give them ideas to keep themselves occupied within the safety of their homes, such as planting fruits and vegetables.”

He said they were also providing help to residents who were still under home quarantine.

“Out of some 600 residents tested, more than 68 were positive.

“Luckily, most of them were under category one and were self isolating at home,” he said, adding that there were about 12,000 residents spread over an 80ha area.

He said it was important to realise that the threat of the virus was real and they should not let their guard down.

Kampung Padang Balang was placed under enhanced MCO from July 3 to16.

In Setapak, the Desa Rejang Public Housing community is focused on ensuring that they maintain cleanliness of the area after the enhanced MCO was lifted at the flats on July 1.

Desa Rejang Public Housing Residents Association chairman Mohd Noor Md Tahir said they also wanted to make sure that each block was frequently cleaned and sanitised.

“We advise residents who are symptomatic to get tested and be updated should there be any outbreak.

“We also regularly inform residents to avoid gatherings so that the virus does not spread within the community.

“The enhanced MCO should be seen as a learning experience and we should take steps to ensure that we are not placed under such circumstances again,” he said.

The flats were under enhanced MCO from June 18 to July 1 after 264 residents tested positive.

A total of 3,512 residents were screened.

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