Excuses abound to get out and about

A motorcyclist showing a supporting document for travel to a policeman manning a roadblock near Sungai Nyior toll plaza in Butterworth on the second day of MCO 2.0.

WITH the movement control order (MCO) 2.0 entering its second week, many people are still giving ridiculous reasons just to be out on the roads in Penang.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said his men operating at 10 roadblocks across the district still received all sorts of excuses from motorists on the first few days of the latest MCO.

“We had a man from Butterworth telling us that he wanted to go to Tesco hypermarket in Bertam, which is about 20km away from his house.

“When we told him there is another Tesco hypermarket near his place in Bagan Ajam, he said the essentials he needed were not available there.

“Another motorcyclist wanted to cross district just to visit his friends in Sungai Dua, Butterworth.

“One couple from Bukit Mertajam wanted to buy fish at Pasar Bisik in Kuala Muda, which is 40km away from their place.

“We told them to turn back and go home after giving them a stern warning during the first few days of MCO, ” said ACP Noorzainy.

He said since the MCO was enforced on Jan 13, police had compounded 34 individuals for attempting to cross districts and borders.

In George Town, OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said almost all motorists and motorcyclists showed their employers’ letters at police roadblocks mounted across the district.

“The traffic flow is manageable except the one at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway where the volume of traffic was high on the first day of MCO.

“The permission to go out is for the public to get daily essentials or for emergency purposes only.

“Stay home and do not go out unnecessarily, ” he said.

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