Malaysian authorities lift red zone order in Kampong Kuala Koh

GUA MUSANG (Bernama) – There is an air of silence in Kampong Kuala Koh, the settlement of the Orang Asli of the Batek tribe, despite the lifting of the red zone prohibitory order at 8am yesterday morning.

On June 12, the village had been declared a restricted area, following the recent incidence of measles which had infected 155 villagers who were moved to temporary quarters at PPS Etnobotani, while the remaining 30 villagers were strictly restricted to the village area by the authorities.

According to news reports, 15 people died during the incident, with post-mortems conducted by health authorities confirming that three of the deaths were caused by measles and complications, while the post-mortems on the remaining deaths were inconclusive.

The lifting of the red zone order was made by the police this morning following the certification by the Malaysian Health Ministry through the Gua Musang Health Department that the villagers were safe from contracting the illness.

Village Head Mohamad Pokok, 40, said while the community was relieved to regain its freedom of movement, the area was still quiet with only 30 of them present.