Penang cops advised to watch hygiene and avoid eating raw food amid virus outbreak


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 03 Feb 2020

Comm Narenasagaran (left) congratulating auxiliary policemen after presenting them with appreciation letters from the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department during the police monthly gathering in George Town.

THE frontliners of Penang police force should take care of personal hygiene and cleanliness in their line of duty following the corona-virus outbreak in Wuhan, said Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran.

The Penang police chief urged them to put on masks, wash their hands often or use hand sanitiser to prevent catching the disease.

“Avoid eating raw food. If your family member is having fever or coughing, please seek treatment at the nearest hospital as soon as possible.

“We do not want to take any chances although there are no cases reported in Penang so far, ” he said during the monthly police gathering at the Penang police headquarters in Penang Road recently.

The coronavirus has infected thousands of people and it is not known how long the outbreak will continue before it is contained.

On Jan 27, the Malaysian government announced that all immigration facilities, including the issuance of visas for Chinese citizens from Wuhan and the areas around Hubei province, would be halted with immediate effect.

On another matter, Comm Narenasagaran said the state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department had seized drugs worth RM2.415bil last year.

He said 12,636 people were also detained under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 last year as compared to 10,922 in 2018.

“We seized 60.54kg of syabu, 162.16kg of heroin, 128.15kg of ganja, 32.32kg of MDMA (ecstasy in powder form), 12 tonnes of cocaine and 54,598 ecstasy pills last year.

“We also busted seven heroin laboratories, two stores and three locations processing MDMA drinks, ” he said.

Comm Narenasagaran said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had recorded 5,217 cases last year, an increase of 1423 cases or 2.8% compared with 5,074 cases in 2018.

He said the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department recorded an increase in road accidents at 47,200 cases last year, compared to 45,734 cases in 2018.

He also gave out appreciation letters from Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department to 10 auxiliary policemen during the ceremony.

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