EMCO at Baleh dam construction site from April 27 to May 26

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob - file pic

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 26: The Baleh hydroelectric dam construction site in Kapit will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting tomorrow until May 26.

According to national daily Malay Mail which quoted Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying the EMCO was necessary as the Ministry of Health (MoH) has detected a surge of Covid-19 infections among workers at the construction site in the past one week.

“So far MoH has recorded 243 positive cases of Covid-19 and this is a sudden surge.

“Based on the situation, MoH confirmed that there is a high risk of infectivity in the construction area of the Baleh dam because many workers have yet to be screened,” he said in a statement today.


Ismail Sabri explained that the EMCO would facilitate MoH to carry out active case detection and to prevent the virus from spreading to the nearby community.

Apart from that, Ismail Sabri who is also Defence Minister, said the government has decided to widen the EMCO area at six longhouses and a school in Sungai Duan, Mukah from tomorrow until May 6.

The affected premises are Rumah Panjang Belayong; Rumah Panjang Tepi; Rumah Panjang Minggu; Rumah Panjang Rimong; Rumah Panjang Undun; Rumah Panjang Lindan and Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Duan.

“The government had earlier enforced EMCO at nine longhouses which was scheduled to end on May 6, but MOH reported 17 new positive cases in other longhouses located near the Sungai Duan EMCO area in the past one week,” he added. — DayakDaily