KUALA LUMPUR – The number of vehicles instructed to turn back for trying to travel interstate to return to their hometown for Hari Raya Aidilfitri had doubled in comparison to two days ago, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to him, from the 318,082 vehicles inspected during roadblocks nationwide, 3,212 tried to travel interstate with the excuse of wanting to go back to their hometown for Aidilfitri.
However, they have been instructed to go home as the government is firm with their SOP of not allowing anyone to travel interstate to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
“Two days ago, only 1,000 vehicles were asked to turn back and we expected it to reduce yesterday. However, it doubled up.
“Only those with emergency such as death are allowed to do so. For other excuses, please refer to the police,” he said.
Meanwhile, when asked about the status of Hajj this year, Ismail Sabri said that the Saudi Arabian government has yet to announce if it can be implemented this year.
He said, the Malaysian government will only make decision on that after getting information from Saudi Arabia.
“I believe that the decision to send or not to send our hajj pilgrims would depend on the announcement made by the Saudi Arabian government.
“We will surrender this to the Minister of Religious Affairs to decide. Dr. Zulkifli will decide after getting the answer from Saudi Arabia,” he said during a special news conference on the Covid-19 pandemic today. –MalaysiaGazette