Two Labuan villages under Emco
Published on: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
By: Bernama
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A police officer wearing complete suit of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) patrolling around the Saguking water village on Tuesday.
Kuala Lumpur: The Government will impose the Enhanced Movement Control Order (Emco) in Kampung Saguking Laut and Kampung Sebor Baru in Labuan from Oct 21 to Nov 3.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the 14-day Emco was aimed at controlling public movement in the two villages and to facilitate Covid-19 screenings by the Ministry of Health. 

“It will involve 8,062 villagers…they have also been instructed to observe Home Surveillance Order and to wear the surveillance wristband,” he told a press conference on the latest development of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), here, Tuesday.

Ismail Sabri said movement in and out of the two villages will not be allowed, except for emergency cases, and the villagers were also not allowed to work during the Emno period.

All social and recreational activities, as well as barter trade, are also not allowed,” he said.

Nevertheless, Ismail Sabri some flexibilities would be given to business activities to continue generating the economy, such as grocery stores and food outlets as they would be allowed to run their business by take-away method up to 6pm.

“The wellbeing of the villagers will be taken care of by the local authorities and the Social Welfare Department,” he said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of villagers in the new Covid-19 cluster Saguking, in Sebor, here, will wear the home-quarantine wristband beginning Tuesday following the spike in positive cases in the sparsely- populated water village of mostly undocumented migrants. At least 30 new cases (of the 34) were recorded on Monday in the village and 18 of them being foreigners.

Labuan Health Department Director Dr Ismuni said the targeted screening for villagers in Saguking continued on Tuesday, with the exercise being part of the stay-at-home order for the villagers to remain within their radius.

“We are doing our best to get all the villagers in Saguking to wear the wristband so that they could just stay home, and not roam around the town as this could pose a risk to the local community,” he said.

The screening exercise, which commenced at 10am, was conducted at the floating “balai raya” (community hall) in the water village, with several health inspectors and medical officers stationed there for the task.

Saguking, located approximately 400 metres from the town centre, is a Brunei-Kadayan village but gradually divided into two divisions, with the area next to the valley turned into a water village of squatters, namely Saguking.

Dr Ismuni said two more water villages, Kg Patau-Patau 1 and 2, were also targeted for screening with hundreds of villagers including children making a beeline for the swab and Polymerase Reaction Chain (PCR) tests, being held at the community hall.

Labuan has recorded daily increase in cases over the last one week, bringing the tally to 154 cases as of Monday, and has been placed under a two-week Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from Oct 17 to Oct 30, along with two other federal territories, namely Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (from Oct 14).

The duty-free island is linked to four active clusters - Saguking with 39 cases, Bah Bangat (11), Bah Bundle (22 cases including those spread in Johor) and Bah Layangan which has spread to Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, recording a total of 13 cases (only one in Labuan).


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