113 factories ordered to close

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 113 factories have been ordered to close during the national lockdown for flouting the Covid-19 standard operating procedure, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister in charge of security said between June 1 and June 19, the compliance operation task force inspected 510 factories and 113 of them were ordered to close.

“Cumulatively, 2,123 factories and 22,819 business premises have been inspected since Jan 14. Overall, 167 factories and 17 businesses have been ordered to close,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, he said, has also conducted 33,010 inspections from June 1 to 19.

“On Saturday, 2,027 checks were conducted and 12 compound notices were issued to businesses which failed to adhere to the SOP,” he added.

Ismail Sabri said compound notices were also issued to 821 people while 31 others were remanded for SOP violations.

“Among the top offences were not maintaining physical distancing (172 individuals), not wearing face masks (143) and failure to record details before entering premises (129).

“The compliance operation task force conducted 87,637 SOP inspections on Saturday nationwide,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said 34 foreign workers were also screened on Saturday with no cases detected.

“Cumulatively, 699,281 foreign workers have been checked involving 36,286 employers. A total of 10,354 of them tested positive,” he said.

He also said that several areas in Sabah, Johor and Pahang have been placed under the enhanced movement control order from June 22 until July 5.

The areas in Sabah are Kampung Skim Pamalan in Keningau, Kampung Jaya Baru in Kunak, Taman Wijaya Park, Kampung Serundung Baru in Tawau and Ladang Brumas in Kalabakan.

Those in Johor are Kampung Tanjung Genting, Kampung Benaung, Kampung Makam and Kampung Sawah Datuk, all in Tenglu, Mersing; while in Pahang, five housing estates in Taman Bukit Bendera, Taman Rimba, Taman Sri Layang, Taman Saga and Taman Saga Indah, all in Mentakab, Temerloh.

He also announced the extension of the enhanced MCO in Kampung Pulutan in Nabawan, Sabah, until July 5.

“The Health Ministry has detected continuous spread of the virus at this locality. Thus, the enhanced MCO has been extended,” he said.

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