Targeted EMCO: Roadblocks, checkpoints to be set up at Jalan Paya Terubong flats, Desa Bistari Apartments from Dec 7-20

GEORGE TOWN: Roadblocks and checkpoints will be set up at the Jalan Paya Terubong flats and Desa Bistari Apartments from Dec 7 to Dec 20 as both places will be placed under a targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO)

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the targeted enhanced MCO at the Jalan Paya Terubong flats covers an area of 2.4sq km, involving 10,000 residents.

“There are 13 apartment and condominium blocks with 2,730 units in the area. As for the Desa Bistari Apartments, there are two blocks with 520 units. It covers an area of 800sq m with around 2,000 residents," he said.

ACP Soffian added that 237 personnel from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), army, Rela and Civil Defence Force (APM) will be deployed to ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) at the areas are complied to.

“There will be two roadblocks at the Jalan Paya Terubong flats and one at Desa Bistari Apartments. We will have several checkpoints in the area to monitor the residents’ movements, ” he said during a press conference at the George Town district police headquarters in Patani Road on Sunday (Dec 6).

ACP Soffian added that sub-district 12 and sub-district 13 in Penang will continue to remain under a conditional MCO until Dec 20.

“There will be no roadblocks, but three special monitoring teams will be assigned to monitor the SOP compliance 24 hours a day. The team will involve PDRM, Rela and Penang Island City Council (MBPP) personnel, ” he said.

Meanwhile, ACP Soffian urged those who had left to return to their units before the targeted EMCO begins on Monday (Dec 7).

“We received complaints from the public staying near Desa Bistari Apartments that they spotted residents, mostly foreigners, leaving their units after the announcement was made.

“We are in the midst of getting information on those who were reported leaving their units. We will work together with the state Health Department and track down those who are not at their units when they are required to carry out swab tests," he said.

ACP Soffian added that they are required to observe the targeted enhanced MCO for the safety of themselves and the public.

“Those who defy a quarantine order will be charged under Section 15(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, ” he added.

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