Simpang Renggam EMCO extended to April 14

PUTRAJAYA: Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at Simpang Renggam in Kluang, Johor, will be extended another four days until April 14.

At a press conference here today, he said this would involve some 3,500 residents.

“We have agreed to extend it for another four days,” he said.

Last night, the health ministry announced a sub-cluster of Covid-19 cases originating from the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

Ismail said it would be up to the ministry to issue an EMCO for the area.

As of April 8, he added, MCO compliance was at 97%.

About 300 people were arrested at roadblocks compared to 454 before that. He said 252 were remanded and 48 released on bail.

He also said 95 people were issued RM1,000 compounds yesterday for flouting the MCO. Payments must be made at health district offices or police stations within two weeks.

He attributed the increase in people flouting the MCO to them wanting to withdraw money after the Prihatin Rakyat stimulus package took effect.

“I believe this was a temporary issue, and we can see that the arrests yesterday already decreased,” he added.

He also urged those going to banks to abide by the one-metre social distancing rule, adding that authorities would be stationed to monitor activity at such places.

Yesterday, 159 public disinfection exercises were carried out in 61 zones in 12 states including 29 locations in Johor and 30 in Kuala Lumpur.

This includes 686 government buildings and 433 public areas.

Ismail said the housing and local government ministry is also looking to disinfect 38 PPR flats in red and orange zones.

Five such flats were disinfected yesterday, bringing the total to 30. The exercises involved 31,775 apartment units.