KUALA LUMPUR – Some motorists are still using the previous approval letters issued by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) that are null and void after 12.01 am today.
Gombak District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Arifai Tarawe said, random inspections on vehicles during a roadblock in Jalan Rawang-Ipoh in front of the Selayang Wholesale Market found that there were still many vehicles on the road despite the total lockdown.
“During the inspection, all motorists understood that there is a new regulation for 14 days, when they cannot move beyond the 10 kilometre radius from their residence to get the things they need and they would require a permit for inter-district travel.
“Thus, we will tighten the control and do thorough inspection with immediate effect and the roadblock will run 24 hours a day until the total lockdown is lifted.
“We will also close Jalan Selayang Segar and Jalan Selayang Pandang permanently using concrete barrier to stop movement, ensure that the people here obey the tighter standard operating procedures,” he told the journalists during a roadblock early this morning.
The police had expected a higher traffic on the main road beginning this morning. Therefore, Arifai advised the public to get ready with complete documents for their journey.
Meanwhile, Arifai said that the police will not compromise and will take stern actions beginning this morning on those who violate the SOP of the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) as recommended by the Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
“I would like to emphasize here that this is not our first experience conducting roadblocks. We have gone through this situation for almost two years and we will no longer accept excuses that a person does not know the rules and law of MCO,” he said.
He added, the most of the vehicles travelling last midnight were related to essential services such as food, fresh items from the wholesale and daily market.
Arifai said, the 430 days of experience handling roadblocks and MCO enables his team to manage the total lockdown.
“We are support by the armed forces, Selayang Municipal Council and the Department of Works that provided us with enough of facilities to facilitate this MCO,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette