KUALA LUMPUR – The government has decided to take a hard approach in forbidding any interstate travel and anyone who is found to do that would be issued a compound on the spot.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob advised the people to stop wasting their time to get interstate travel approval at the police station.
“We have received the report that yesterday, 1,300 people lined up at the Kuantan District Police Headquarters in Pahang to make an application to go back to their hometown.
“I would like to emphasise that interstate travel is forbidden.
“For those who have obtained the approval earlier, you have no problem to travel interstate. The same goes for emergency cases, such as death.
“When you look into what happened yesterday, it is impossible that the family members of the 1,300 people who queued up under the hot sun at Kuantan IPD were dead,” he said during a news conference today.
He said, the new instruction also applies to air interstate travel.
When asked about the man who proudly declared that he had made an illegal interstate travel, Ismail Sabri said that the police will track the man down.
“Just like the family who took a selfie after they managed to travel interstate earlier, I think, the police will track Mat Sayuti down.
“The police is conducting roadblocks at toll plazas and old routes.
“Perhaps, some used roads where there is no roadblock. Although they may be able to get to their hometown, they will face their music when they return to where they stay,” he said.
Yesterday, 2,412 vehicles which tried to travel interstate with the excuse of wanting to go back to their hometown were instructed to turn back by the PDRM. –MalaysiaGazette