More roadblocks mounted from 15 to 42 after MCO

Police vetting the travel documents shown by motorists at a roadblock set up at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway heading towards Penang Bridge. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

THE number of roadblocks in Penang has been increased from 15 during the conditional movement control order (MCO) to 42 during the MCO in Penang that began on Monday, said Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan.

He said the police would continue to evaluate the situation to see if more roadblocks were needed.

“To enforce the start of the MCO in Penang, police set up 42 roadblocks in the state.

“We will continue to monitor and see if more roadblocks are needed since the whole country is under MCO now, ” he said when contacted yesterday.

Comm Sahabudin added that the compliance rate on the first day of MCO was 98%.

Armed personnel joining the police at a roadblock in Penang.Armed personnel joining the police at a roadblock in Penang.

“We only issued 13 compounds on Monday.

“However, the police have given out a total of 2,481 compounds for those who violate the standard operating procedures (SOPs) since early this year.

“I urge the public to stay at home unless it’s an emergency.

“Please continue to observe the SOPs as the threat is real. We have to work hand-in-hand to keep the virus at bay, ” he said.

On Sunday, during a press conference with Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at Komtar, Comm Sahabudin said police in Penang were 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.

He said the police including undercover cops would patrol these routes or rat lanes on cars and motorcycles.

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