Residents in targeted MCO areas in Tawau, Sandakan getting restless, seek leeway to buy essentials

KOTA KINABALU: Residents in two areas under the targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) in Sabah’s east coast Tawau and Sandakan are becoming restless and urging some leeway for them to buy essentials.

Some residents in Taman Semarak in Tawau picketed to allow them to purchase essentials, while those in Taman Harmoni people’s housing project are asking authorities in Sandakan to buy essentials, especially baby’s formula milk.

Following the protest on Thursday (Oct 29), the Tawau district disaster operation control centre on Friday (Oct 30) moved their barricades that will allow them to shop at nearby supermarkets from 6am and 6pm.

They will also allow for family members outside the area to send food supplies between 9am and 2pm at the security post.

The district management committee also allowed for fresh food hawkers to enter the area, but will undergo Covid-19 screening under the relaxed guidelines that was disclosed by Tawau Municipal Council secretary Joseph Pang.

Pang said that only one member of each family will be allowed to go out and they would be providing an access card to each family to monitor the movement.

However, he said the residents will not be allowed to do banking matters and they have been asked to seek assistance from family members outside to assist.

Some 60 residents in the area had protested over the tight rules under the targeted MCO that was put in place on Oct 26.

In Taman Harmoni, Sandakan residents are also requesting for some leeway, as the current procedures for them to leave their area for shopping was very “strict” and made it difficult to buy basic essentials.

Many of the residents hoped that they would be allowed to go to the bank and allow mobile hawkers to come into their area.

A resident, Nurul Jannah, said the government sent food supplies on Tuesday and Friday, but it was insufficient.

“Most of it finishes very fast, ” she said.

The area has been under targeted MCO since Oct 23.

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