Selayang Market Still Open Despite Total Lockdown On Homes: Minister

The residents affected are mostly Rohingya refugees.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The Kuala Lumpur wholesale market in Selayang will be operational throughout the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) on residences in surrounding areas.

Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the sixth EMCO, which will be enforced at Pusat Bandar Utara here and areas surrounding the Selayang wholesale market from today until May 3, mostly involved Rohingya refugees in the locked down residences.

“We’re not closing the wholesale market area. We’re closing the residences,” Ismail Sabri told a press conference. “The wholesale market is still open like usual.”

The EMCO, which prohibits people from entering the area and from leaving their homes, covers eight residential areas: Parcel A at Jalan 6/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara; Parcel B, Jalan 6/3A and Jalan 9/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara; Parcel C, Jalan 2/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara; Parcel D, Jalan 2/3A, Pusat Bandar Utara; Parcel E1, Taman Sri Murni Fasa 2, Jalan 1/2D; Parcel E2, Taman Sri Murni Fasa 1, Jalan 1/2D; Parcel 3, Taman Sri Murni Fasa 3, Jalan 1/2Bl; Parcel F, Taman Batu View and Taman Batu Hampar.

“We hope all residents will stay calm and give their cooperation. Stay, don’t run. We don’t want anyone to run because this may cause Covid-19 transmission to other people they meet.

“Residents who need help or who have questions can call the Bilik Gerakan PKP DBKL at 03-4026 7222 or the Pusat Kawalan IPD Sentul di 03-4048 2212,” Ismail Sabri said.

The Ministry of Health’s (MOH) targeted testing strategy on high-risk groups and locations includes migrant workers. Rohingya refugees had attended the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque here last month that accounts for the largest Covid-19 cluster in Malaysia.

The Selangor and Malayan Mansion flats at Masjid Jamek, which were also put under EMCO, comprise predominantly migrant workers.

Health authorities test all residents in EMCO areas, regardless of whether they show symptoms of Covid-19 or not. Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said last week that MOH found a test positivity rate (the percentage of people with positive results of those tested) of only 0.5 per cent by testing all residents living in EMCO areas.

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