KOTA KINABALU: The homes of many of the "who’s who" of Sabah are set to go under a lockdown as the suburban Kg Likas here is placed under enhanced movement control order (MCO) for two weeks beginning Thursday (June 10).
A total of about 8, 000 residents in this suburb, which includes prominent politicians, senior government officers, businessmen, all the way to hawkers and labourers, will be cordoned off from the rest of the city until June 23.
Soldiers from the 507 Territorial Army Regiment led by Lt Mohd Rais Aslam Jamigul sealed off key roads leading to the village that is tucked between the scenic Likas Bay and Inanam river.
It is understood that the more popular Jalan Saga and Jalan Satu of Kg Likas, home to former and current state leaders, were not included in the cordon, though other lanes that lead to the main roads have been sealed.
According to officials, Kg Likas roads entering from the Coastal Highway and Jalan Pasir will be sealed as part of the enhanced MCO for Kg Likas that was announced on June 8 due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the area.
The army is assisting the Sabah State Disaster Management Committee to implement control measures within the area to break the Covid-19 transmission chain.
Enhanced MCO is enforced on high risk areas to prevent movements and curb disease transmission in such localities, as well as to facilitate early case detection by the Health Ministry for immediate isolation. ends