Despite heavy rain, the police carry on with their Op Covid-19 operation roadblock in conjunction with the Movement Control Order in Malaysia to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 02 APRIL 2020
Despite heavy rain, the police carry on with their Op Covid-19 operation roadblock in conjunction with the Movement Control Order in Malaysia to curb the spread of Covid-19. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 02 APRIL 2020

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The government is disappointed by the number of people arrested for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) which increased 51 percent yesterday.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, based on police record, a total of 554 individuals were detained during roadblocks and patrol as of 12.00am midnight.

He said, the number increased by 51 percent in comparison to 368 arrests on 4 April.

“I was happy that the number decreases for four days in a row throughout the second phase of MCO but yesterday, the number suddenly shot up by 51 percent.

“I was informed by the police that the increment could have happened as many people took the chance to leave their homes on weekends as it was Sunday yesterday.

“Please do not take advantage of the weekends to go out,” he said during a special news conference in Putrajaya today.

Ismail Sabri said, the police and the Malaysian Armed Force (MAF) have heightened their inspection at roadblock and patrols. They will take tougher actions against those who defy MCO.

He also emphasized that the sterner actions would be taken in conjunction with the rise of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

According to him, a total of 743 roadblocks were held nationwide yesterday and 293,051 vehicles were inspected.

He said, 489 people were remanded from the 554 arrested. 65 were set on bail while 213 have been charged at court.

On a separate update, he said, a total of 925 individuals have been quarantined nationwide yesterday at the 118 quarantine centres. Thus, the total number of people on quarantine is 6,698 individuals.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also took the opportunity to thank government agencies such as Health, police, MAF, Rela, APMM and Malaysian Border Security Agency which had sacrificed a lot throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The government is also very grateful for the contributions by the other government agencies such as the Malaysian Prisons Department, Fire and Rescue Department, Immigration Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, SWCorp and Natural Disaster.

“The government would also like to record its gratitude towards the Prisons Department for their transport assistance to the quarantine centres and their efforts in producing personal protection equipment for the frontliners of the Ministry of Health.

“Congratulations to the inmates of Penor in Kuantan, Kajang (Selangor), Pengkalan Chepa (Kelantan) and Tapah (Perak) on their contributions which we really need now,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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