KUALA LUMPUR – The military will be deployed beginning this Sunday to assist the police in ensuring that the public compliance of Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the Covid-19 outbreak which is enforced from 18 until 31 March.
The measure is taken after the police found many people are still ignorant of the movement restriction which has entered its third day today.
However, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the military aid is not a state of emergency as being widely circulated in the social media.
He said, the government has no intention or planning towards declaring a state of emergency for the country.
On the contrary, the government is confident with the help of the armed forces, there would be higher compliance on the order.
“Although there is a rise in compliance yesterday, there were incidences that the people ignored the instructions of the government and police.
“For instance, some people brought their children to the playground, ate in eateries with friends. Although they were ordered to dismiss by the police, some of them disobeyed the instruction,” he said in a news conference today.
He said, although the police could use the Police Act 1967 for tougher action, for the early stage, the authorities will continue to advise the public politely.
“However, the police also said that they cannot continue to compromise. Legal actions will be used,” Ismail Sabri said.
According to him, the deployment of armed forces in ensuring the compliance of the Movement Control Order will not become an issue. – MalaysiaGazette