Lame excuses for loitering rejected

Motorists stopping at a police roadblock along Carnarvon Street in George Town. In the background is the Komtar building.

NINETY-ONE compounds have been issued to motorists since the movement control order (MCO) 2.0 was implemented on Jan 13.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said among the offences was loitering around without a solid reason.

“At one of the roadblocks, a motorcyclist used his ‘medical checkup’ as a reason to travel to the mainland.

“Some of them were just trying their luck and used their health as an excuse to travel unnecessarily.

“We urge the public to understand that only people providing essential services are allowed to move around.

“We have passed the lenient period and we will not hesitate to take action against motorists without a valid excuse.

“For now, we will decide on a case-by-case basis.

“If they give a lame excuse, we will not let them go easily, ” he said yesterday.

ACP Soffian added that police would also continue monitoring the SOP compliance at public places.

“We will conduct spot checks at eateries, places of worship and even shopping malls to ensure that all SOPs are adhered to.

“The public has to comply with the SOP, especially on physical distancing, not having more than two people in a car and to travel only within a 10km radius from their home, ” he advised.

Meanwhile, at the mobile roadblock along Carnarvon Street in George Town, road users slowed down to produce their authorisation letters or documents to the officers on duty.

The locations of other roadblocks in northeast district are in front of the Batu Uban Sports Complex, the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway heading to the Penang Bridge,

Jalan Paya Terubong, Jalan Batu Ferringhi and at the Weld Quay.

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