IGP: Police will monitor residents’ welfare in EMCO areas

On the ground: Acryl Sani (second from right) visiting Flat Sri Sabah EMCO area in Cheras while accompanied by (from left) Cheras District Health officer Dr Noriah Hajib, Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim and chairman of flat Sri Sabah 3A Raja Rahim Raja Muhaiddin. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have pledged to pay close attention to the welfare of residents in localities placed under the enhanced movement control order, apart from enforcing the law and standard operating procedures.

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police on duty at enhanced MCO areas will try their level best to solve issues faced by residents.

“There are some reports of problems in terms of the supply of food aid in some areas.

“However, I believe the matter has been rectified after the start of the enhanced MCO in localities in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“I have instructed police personnel and officers deployed at these areas to pay particular attention to issues faced by the residents,” he told a press conference yesterday after visiting Flat Sri Sabah in Cheras, which has been placed under the enhanced MCO.

Among other issues faced by residents are applications to get out of enhanced MCO areas for emergencies and work, said Acryl Sani.

“For valid applications such as from those working in the medical sector, swab tests will be performed before they are allowed to leave enhanced MCO areas,” he added.

Acryl Sani said the police will monitor the issues faced by residents in these areas but he urged them to report any issues they faced as well.

“With input, I will be able to bring the matter to the National Security Council’s special meeting.

“We will assist the residents in any way we can,” he added.

Meanwhile, on the issue involving some durian farmers in Raub, Pahang, the IGP said General Operations Force (GOF) personnel have been deployed there to ensure public order.

On Monday, the Raub Magistrate’s Court granted the remand of 18 Musang King durian farmers while Tras assemblyman Chow Yu Hui was also detained but released under police bail.

They were detained after alleged acts of provocation against Pahang Forestry Department personnel during an enforcement operation at Batu Talam Forest Reserve in Raub.

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