Almost half the village quarantined

Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Datuk Willie Mongin. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Sixty villagers from Kampung Emperoh Jambu, Padawan had tested positive for Covid-19 with more than 200 placed under quarantine.

An enhanced movement control order (EMCO) has been imposed in the area today, said Puncak Borneo MP Datuk Willie Mongin.

In revealing this, he said there are also three other villages in Padawan that are affected by Covid-19.

“I have received reports stating that so far, there are four affected villages.

“The most notable being Kampung Emperoh Jambu, with a total population of 1,282, but not all of them lived in the village,” he said when met by reporters during his visit to East Asia Palm Products Sdn Bhd (EAPP) today.

He also assured that those who tested positive are being quarantined.

On Monday, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced that Kampung Emperoh Jambu in Padawan will be placed under EMCO from today (Feb 23) to March 8.

In view of the dire situation, Willie said he has directed his officers to provide assistance to the affected household in the villages.

“The aid is given to them in the form of food baskets and we will continue to contribute,” he said.

The Plantation Industries and Commodities deputy minister also said that all agencies tasked in the enforcement of the EMCO have been informed by his party to take firm action in monitoring the lockdown in the village.

He also advised residents in the Puncak Borneo area to refrain from participating in mass gathering activities to curb the spread of the pandemic.

“If there is an unnecessary gathering, it may be postponed until the situation subsides.

“For unavoidable ceremonies such as funerals, I hope the Village Safety and Development Committees (JKKK) can monitor the standard operating procedures for these activities,” added Willie.