Foreign missions working with govt


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

Nowhere to go: Selangor Mansion residents looking out of the barbed wires guarded by the army in Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: Two foreign missions are working closely with the government following the enhanced movement control order (MCO) placed on two locations in Kuala Lumpur.

Pakistan High Commission deputy chief of mission Atif Sharif said it met the Federal Territories Ministry after the Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion flats along Jalan Masjid India were placed under enhanced MCO.

He said the High Commission’s counsellor was designated as the main person to work with the Malaysian task force.

“Pakistan will work very closely and extend maximum support to the Malaysian government in this regard. It is our common cause,” Atif said.

He said the High Commission appreciated the effective and robust response of the Malaysian government and people in face of Covid-19 tribulation.

An Indian High Commission official said its officers met ministry officers to discuss issues related to the containment in the Masjid India area in the wake of the enhanced MCO.

“The High Commission will cooperate in the endeavour to protect the people from the spread of the virus,” the official said, adding that there were about 125,000 Indian nationals living in Kuala Lumpur.

On Tuesday, the two flats along Jalan Masjid India, which house about 6,000 residents, were the latest to be placed under the enhanced MCO.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that there were 15 positive cases of Covid-19 in both buildings.

Under the enhanced MCO, all non-residents and visitors are prohibited from entering the area, and residents are only allowed to order food deliveries that must be sent to and picked up from designated areas.

All business activities are to be closed, except for shops selling essential items in the building.

FT Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said his ministry would cooperate with the foreign missions, adding that most of the residents were from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

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