It’s an administrative lockdown in Banting, says Ismail Sabri

The affected people in Taman Langat Murni in Banting are allowed to go in and out under the administrative lockdown but will undergo strict health screening. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob has confirmed that Taman Langat Murni in Banting, Selangor, has been placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO), but said it was under an “administrative lockdown”.

This morning, FMT reported that the area had been placed under EMCO last night after more than 20 foreigners there tested positive for Covid-19.

Police and army personnel moved to erect barbed wire fencing around the area at midnight.

This afternoon, Ismail explained that there were two types of EMCO — administrative and non-administrative.

An administrative lockdown, he said, was similar to an EMCO, where the area would be cordoned off with barbed wire and residents will undergo swab tests.

“The only difference is, people are allowed to go in and out under an administrative lockdown, although they will still go through health screenings,” he said during his daily briefing here.

People are not allowed to go in and out if an area is placed under a non-administrative EMCO.

On a related matter, Ismail said the government had not decided on extending the conditional movement control order (CMCO), which will end on June 9.

“To date, we are not sure as no discussions have been held. So wait for the announcement.”

Ismail went on to say that schools were still closed for the time being.

Therefore, the education ministry has yet to issue a directive for teachers to report back to duty.

“But if teachers want to return to school to help the headmasters, that isn’t a directive from the education ministry.”

He was responding to claims by some 20 teachers that they had been ordered to report back to duty before June 9.

Earlier today, FMT reported on a plan to suspend schooling for primary schools until next year.

Only secondary school students, facing critical examinations, could expect to see a return to school.

Meanwhile, Ismail said 93 motorists attempted to cross state lines and were ordered to turn back.

Police also nabbed 56 individuals and issued compound notices to 88 for flouting the CMCO.

Ismail said 915 students were flown home yesterday.

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