IPOH: The city centre was literally a “ghost town” on the first day of the enhanced movement control order implemented at several areas here.
The usually busy streets saw very few vehicles on the road.
With additional police roadblocks, and only one person allowed to go out for grocery shopping, the situation seemed to be under control.
It was a breeze to drive in areas such as Ipoh Old Town, Central Market, Gerbang Malam, railway station, and Little India in the absence of heavy traffic.
The famous Concubine Lane at old town hardly saw any pedestrians.
On Thursday (May 20) Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the 14-day order was imposed on 15 localities in Besut, Terengganu, and other states including four districts in Perak due to a sudden surge of Covid-19 cases.
The areas in Perak are Hulu Perak district (Mukim Pengkalan Hulu), Larut, Matang dan Selama districts (Mukim Taiping), Kinta district (Mukim Hulu Kinta covering Ipoh, Lahat, Chemor and Tanjong Rambutan) and Muallim district (Mukim Hulu Bernam Timur).
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid came out with a stern warning for people to follow all the SOPs or face the consequences.