POLICE in Penang are aware of five ‘lorong tikus’ (illegal routes) used by motorists to sneak in and out of the state without permission and will now tighten measures along these routes.
Among the strategies police will use to catch those trying to sneak in or out are going undercover and setting up mobile roadblocks, said Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan at a press conference with Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at Komtar yesterday.
He said the police including undercover cops would patrol these routes or rat lanes on cars and motorcycles.
To mark the start of the movement control order (MCO) in three districts and three mukim (sub-district) in Penang beginning today, police will set up 42 roadblocks in the state.
“The roadblocks will be manned by 712 cops.
“They will be helped by the Malaysian Armed Forces and Rela personnel.
“Besides roadblocks, the police will conduct SOP compliance checks via 107 task force teams consisting of 705 personnel in the state, ” said Comm Sahabudin.
He said that overall, the state police contingent would have some 3,500 personnel involved in the operation codenamed ‘Op Covid’.
“Due to this increased surveillance, the personnel involved have had their leaves frozen.
“During this MCO, we will tighten checks at the roadblocks, especially during Raya, on those wanting to enter Penang.
“After Raya, we will tighten checks at roadblocks on those who are leaving the state.
“As such, we urge the public to stay home and reduce their movements to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“Parents who need to travel between districts to send or pick up their children from taskas need letters from the respective centres.
“Otherwise they can fill in an application form at the nearest police station to obtain police approval for their everyday travels, ” he said.