400 Sepang Residents Went Missing After EMCO Was Announced

The police will track any MySejahtera registrations they have made in the area.

Cover image via Free Malaysia Today & New Straits Times

About 400 residents of Medan 88, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi in Sepang did not return home after the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) was imposed there on 12 November

According to New Straits Times, the Sepang Disaster Management Committee alerted police after the residents did not turn up for a compulsory COVID-19 screening test.

In a live conference, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri said the police were ordered to track and arrest all residents who fled.

"Some of which are employers who used buses to transport their staff away, making them easier to be traced," he said.

"Action can be taken against both workers and employers for endangering the lives of others."

Information on the missing residents was obtained from neighbours and friends after the area was closed off by authorities at 6pm on 10 November

Committee chairman Mohamad Zain A Hamid told The Star that the police will track any registrations they have made through the MySejahtera app or manually at premises in the area.

"The aim of the EMCO is to conduct health screenings and not security screenings or others. So, I appeal to the residents here who have yet to undergo swab tests to quickly do so," he added.

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