LABUAN: The Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee is ready to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 just after midnight tonight with at least two roadblocks, mounted at Jalan Tun Mustapha and Jalan Patau-Patau.
Its chairman, Rithuan Ismail, said 63 police personnel and 12 military personnel will man the two roadblocks round-the-clock.
He also said that several police personnel will be deployed at the two ferry terminals and the Labuan International Airport to manage the inflow and outflow of travellers via the three entry/exit points and only those certified (to be in essential services) will be allowed through.
Labuan is one of the three federal territories and five states that will come under the MCO for two weeks, from Jan 13 to 26, to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah will also come under the MCO. Inter-state and inter-district travel is strictly prohibited in these states/territories.
“We will be enforcing strictly the movement restriction in line with the government’s efforts to contain the alarming COVID-19 pandemic nationwide. Two roadblocks will be mounted to restrict the movement of people, and only those in the five essential services sectors and attending to emergency matters are allowed to pass through the roadblocks,” he told a press conference here.
“We are also looking into the necessary assistance like food baskets for the MCO-affected people and we will be liaising with the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma),” he said.
He said the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the MCO will be issued by the National Security Council (NSC) and tailored it to Labuan’s economic situation.
“As far as we concerned, the SOPs for this phase of MCO are relaxed slightly, with eateries allowed to operate for takeaways and two persons allowed to travel in a vehicle.
“There will be no interstate travel (Labuan-Sabah-Labuan) during the 14 days of the MCO, no social activities involving mass gathering such as weddings, conferences, religious processions such as during the coming Thaipusam, meetings, seminars, courses and group sports activities,” he said.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday announced the MCO, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) for Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan as well as the Recovery MCO (RMCO) for Perlis and Sarawak to stem the rising number of COVID-19 cases.