KOTA KINABALU: A viral video of Pulau Gaya inhabitants landing in large numbers on the mainland in search for food said to be recent and in violation of the movement control order (MCO) is fake news, Kota Kinabalu City police chief Asst Comm Habibi Manjinji.
He said that the video being circulated was likely an old one.
“No one is allowed in and out of the island, ” he said.
A man speaking in Chinese claimed that many of the islanders were making a dash for the city's central market on the mainland to get food supplies. The speaker claimed that police were unable to control
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass visited the market area late on Tuesday (March 25) to assess the situation at the central market area, which is the landing point for the islanders.
After chairing the state National Security Council meeting on Covid-19 on Tuesday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had said that Gaya island would be closed and nobody would be allowed to enter or leave following the discovery of Covid-19 cases there.
He said medical teams would go in to check on the situation.
Marine Police carried patrols along the sea borders, telling people to stay within the island as they would not be allowed to come out.
It is understood that assistance in terms of rations would be sent soon to the islanders.
The island, which was a Filipino civil war refugee settlement since the late 1970s, has a floating population of about 5,000 to 6,000 people made up of naturalised Malaysians, as well as illegals immigrants and Filipino refugees living in several villages.
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