Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan under CMCO from midnight on Wednesday

Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the CMCO is being implemented because of the Covid-19 situation in Sabah.

PETALING JAYA: Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Putatan in Sabah will be placed under a conditional movement control order (CMCO) from midnight on Wednesday.

Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this is in view of the Covid-19 situation there.

He said the proposal was made by the Sabah government.

This means no one will be allowed to enter or exit the three districts except for those in essential services, including factories.

Entry into Sabah will not be allowed, except for Malaysian citizens from Sabah, holders of immigration passes issued by the Sabah Immigration Department who are presently outside of Sabah, and couples who are part of the essential services.

Those who are not included in these categories must apply for special permission from the Sabah government.

The full list of the types of services allowed to operate will be issued by the international trade and industry ministry.

“This CMCO is to curb the spread of Covid-19 in these areas and to allow for targeted active case detection to be conducted,” Ismail said in a statement today.

With the CMCO, essential service businesses such as restaurants, grocery shops, petrol stations and pharmacies will only be allowed to open from 6am to 6pm.

Dine-in customers will not be permitted at restaurants and food outlets during this period, with only delivery, drive-through and takeaways allowed.

Only two people per household will be allowed to go out to buy supplies while taxis and e-hailing vehicles can only ferry two passengers and operate from 6am to 8pm.

Meanwhile, Ismail said 979 people were arrested by police yesterday for breaching the ongoing recovery MCO.

Of the number, 944 were fined, 32 remanded and three granted bail.

The majority of them were caught for not practising physical distancing (516), failing to record their personal details when entering shops (277) and for not wearing face masks (163).

The others were arrested for activities in pubs and nightclubs, breaching quarantine orders, refusing Covid-19 tests, leaving a lockdown area without permission, operating their business without a licence and operating businesses beyond permitted hours.

Police also detained 48 undocumented migrants and six smugglers yesterday as part of their ongoing Ops Benteng campaign. They also confiscated seven land vehicles.