‘Only specified activities allowed’

For flood victims: Halimah receiving flood relief aid from Syed Hussein (right) in Kota Tinggi, Johor. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

KOTA TINGGI: The government has allowed Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) and Voluntary Patrol Scheme (SRS) groups to carry out certain activities during the movement control order, says Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.The National Unity Minister said among the programmes allowed were security patrols within residential areas, flood relief operations and making personal protective equipment (PPE).

She said there were currently 8,274 KRT and 5,333 SRS that were active in carrying out operations throughout the country.

“However, community activities by the two groups such as courses, workshops and others, which involve the public, will not be allowed.

“They can only proceed with humanitarian-based programmes, ” she said after receiving flood aid from the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council chairman Datuk Seri Syed Hussein Alhabshee at the Kota Tinggi parliamentary service centre here yesterday.

Halimah said during the recent floods, which hit several states, the government allowed SRS to help with security measures within residential areas.

She said it was to help safeguard properties, prevent theft and break-ins.

Halimah said as for KRT, the group could make PPE for frontliners.

“KRT has been strengthened to carry out activities such as sewing PPE after receiving grants from my ministry and the Health Ministry.

“Besides that, KRT is also allowed to supply basic needs to flood victims during the MCO, ” she said.

Halimah said all activities allowed were based on the standard operating procedure set by the National Security Council.

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