No Police Day celebration, focus on enforcing MCO

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MCO roadblocks Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador advised the drivers to go home during a Covid-19 Operation roadblock set-up in conjunction with the Movement Control Order at Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 19 MARCH 2020 national police day celebration
Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador advised the drivers to go home during a Covid-19 Operation roadblock set-up in conjunction with the Movement Control Order at Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 19 MARCH 2020

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – The Police Day Celebration was cancelled so that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) can fully focus on enforcing the Movement Control Operation (MCO) today.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said, the police is shouldering a more important responsibility in comparison to the Police Day Celebration.

“We will usually hold huge parades in Kuala Lumpur under Bukit Aman and parades at state and district levels, followed by prayer and visits to the hospitals.

“Today, we halt and stop all celebrations and put 100 of our energy to focus on curbing the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We can also save a lot of money related to the celebration. They can be used for the MCO enforcement and other duties such as crime prevention, taking care of our borders and traffic control,” he said during an interview on national television.

He said, as of yesterday, a total of 46,000 officers and policemen were stationed at roadblocks nationwide, including motorcycle patrol and patrol cars, besides conducting checks at public focussed areas.

Meanwhile, Abdul Hamid said that the crime rate had reduced up to 70 percent, with the exception of motorcycle theft and break-ins throughout the MCO period. -MalaysiaGazette

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