Covid-19: Rukun Tetangga to be roped in to patrol green zones

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  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Rukun Tetangga neighbourhood watch teams are being roped in to help keep Covid-19 at bay in the green zones, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

"The Special Ministerial Committee has agreed to allow the Rukun Tetangga (neighbourhood watch) to carry out voluntary patrols in their respective neighbourhoods.

"We welcome this as the Rukun Tetangga plays an important role in empowering the local community in ensuring that the green zones remain safe from the spread of Covid-19," he said.

He added that guidelines for the voluntary patrols were being drafted by the National Unity Ministry to ensure that they adhered to Health Ministry safety protocols.

He also said the process of repatriating university students, which was halted until May 28, would resume two days earlier following appeals from parents.

"I received a lot of WhatsApp messages from parents and students expressing their sadness when I announced that the repatriation of students would be halted until May 28.

"Many appealed, saying they would have missed the Hari Raya festivities by then.

"So we have decided to allow repatriation to resume on May 26 which is on the third day of the festivities," he said, adding that a total of 1,480 students would fly back to Sabah and Kuching on May 26 to be with their families.

He said all students would be screened and swab tested for Covid-19 before being allowed to return home.

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