Keeping tabs on SOP breakers


FOR the second year running, police will be out to ensure full compliance of the standard operating procedure (SOP) during Hari Raya Aidilfitri with a total of 105 monitoring teams patrolling the streets daily during the festive period.

State police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said these teams would be assisted by other enforcement teams such as Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysian Volunteer Corps (Rela), Civil Defence Force (APM) and Road Transport Department (JPJ).

“This year, for Hari Raya, we will see stricter inspections that will be conducted by the teams on the ground.

“I hope the public can be patient for a bit for the sake of everyone’s benefit, ” he said.

Comm Sahabudin said the police remained committed in the fight against the pandemic, with leave for more than 6,000 personnel and officers frozen.

He said about 3,500 police officers and personnel would be on the ground to monitor the SOP compliance among the public with the latest movement control order to be implemented nationwide.

“Always be cautious and remain vigilant by following the SOP mandated by the government.

“We will increase our presence in the city and at the same time, I have instructed all district police chiefs to carry out inspections at villages in rural areas in the state, ” he said.

Apart from advising the public to always comply with the SOP, Comm Sahabudin also urged the public to always be alert of their surroundings during the celebration.

“In protecting oneself from the Covid-19 infection, the public must be aware of activities in their area so that they will not fall victim to crimes.

“The most important thing is to always be careful while you are on the road. Even during the MCO, traffic volume is still high.

“The public must always remember to prioritise their house. Always lock it when going out and always be cautious if you see a stranger nearby your area, ” he said.

Comm Sahabudin said teenagers should avoid playing with firecrackers, adding that police would continue to monitor the sales of the contraband item from time to time.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on May 13, tomorrow.

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