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Sunday 26 April 2020

Menara City One EMCO: Day 27/29 - A Little Quiet

| Day 40/42 of Malaysian MCO | Day 27/29 of City One EMCO |

After the tumultuous events of the past 48 hours we hoped for a little peace and quiet on this fine Sunday morning. Dr Eliza, a resident and committee member of the Residents' Association had shared the following message at the residents' chat group which we received with mixed feelings:

While we were relieved that KKM will no longer be imposing their will on us and herd us around like cattle to slaughter in total disregard for our well-being and safety, we were also awash with a feeling of neglect and abandonment.

Then again, when we recall the events of the past 48 hours we were reminded of how we felt about KKM's  screening procedures: No matter. The damage is done. Hundreds of residents are potentially infected. Lifts and common areas contaminated. Our trust in KKM evaporated.

To recap, the media outlets had first highlighted the plight of Menara City One residents who were subjected to mass screenings on the night of the 24th of April. In response to this The Health Ministry Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah blamed the congestion on the convergence of both residents of Blocks A and B coming down for screening at the same time.

The residents then sent out this press statement to all media outlets to refute the claims that last night's congestion were due to the residents of both blocks coming down for screening:

In response to the residents' press statement  the Health Ministry Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stated this vide his Facebook account:

"It is indeed our concern of mass gathering where social distancing not being observed. MOH have instructed the State Health Director to work closely with the police, residents and management to better improve the implementation in future. Thank you to all residents in all MCO areas and buildings for your understanding, patience and cooperation."

In another development at about 3pm a resident shared at our residents' chat group a few photos of (presumably KKM) buses parked alongside Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion:

Selangor Mansion has been recorded an unhealthy growth for the past 3 days:

  • 22 cases reported on 23rd April 
  • 39 cases reported on 24th April 
  • 20 cases reported on 25th April

With these latest developments we now have little hope of the lock-down imposed on our condo being lifted on 28th April, since our condo (together with Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion and its surrounding vicinity) form part of the Masjid India area.

At 4.00pm today during his daily press conference the Health Ministry Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced *1 additional positive case at Menara City One which now stands at 52 cases.

*according to Dr Eliza the positive case is from the cluster of  family members and housemates (estimated to be around 40 of them) of the 11 positive cases detected on 22nd April that were taken away by KKM to an undisclosed location in Setiawangsa to be quarantined. The positive case is therefore not found among the existing residents of Menara City One.

During the same press conference the Health Ministry Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also accepted Menara City One's residents' suggestion that future Covid-19 screenings be done floor-by-floor.

It has been 19 days since we were PCR tested, and we assume that our results are negative. We ask that everyone we know to pray for our continued health, safety and well-being.

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