873 arrested, the highest in 90 days of RMCO

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clubbing RMCO (Picture for representational purposes only). The night clubs are still being frequented by the public despite they are under the category of activities which could not be operated during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period. PIX: MalaysiaGazette
(Picture for representational purposes only). The night clubs are still being frequented by the public despite they are under the category of activities which could not be operated during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period. PIX: MalaysiaGazette

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The police arrested 873 individuals yesterday, the highest number of people arrested throughout the 90 days of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, among the highest arrests were made at the night clubs and pubs nationwide in a compliance operation last night.

From that amount, 580 individuals were arrested for violating the MCO order at night clubs and pubs while 118 were arrested for failing to practice social distancing.

“After investigation, 797 individuals were being issued with compounds, meanwhile 71 were remanded and five were set on bail.

“Those arrested included 52 individuals who did not wear face masks and premises which operated overtime, 38 illegal immigrants, 22 for failing to provide equipment to record the details of their customers, 7 for suspected involvement in prostitution, 2 for violating quarantine order and one for obstructing civil servant in the discharge of official duties,” he said today.

Besides that, the Compliance Operations led by the police yesterday had conducted 58,147 inspections to monitor and enforce the compliance of RMCO standard operating procedures (SOP).

He said, the operations involved 2,770 compliance teams with 12,255 officers on duty, including conducting observations at 4,099 supermarkets, 4,936 restaurants, 1,419 hawkers, 1,040 factories, 3,719 banks and 742 government offices.

“1,086 public transport terminals, 218 water transport terminals and 113 air transport terminals were also being monitored.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said that 30 illegal immigrants and four smugglers were arrested in Benteng Operation yesterday.

In the operation, the security force also seized 12 vehicles used to smuggle the illegal immigrants through hidden routes.

“79 roadblocks were held yesterday involving 65 venues by the police, 10 locations by the Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM) and four by the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).

He said, the national borders through the Benteng Operation is placed under the National Task Force (NTF) consisted of the MAF, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and AKSEM.

“They are on duty to guard our national borders in an integrated manner to stop illegal immigrants and trafficking activities,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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