Folk crossing district borders without valid reasons

ACP Soffian (left) checking a trader’s SOP compliance at Bukit Jambul Complex in Bayan Baru.

DESPITE there being only two districts on Penang island, some still do not know where the lines are drawn, or so they claim.

A team of 94 uniformed personnel at Bukit Jambul Complex, located in northeast district and less than 2km from the border with southwest district, found that some shoppers still do cross the district without valid reasons.

The spot check, led by George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong, weeded out shoppers from places like Batu Maung.

“They came to this shopping complex for non-essential reasons such as to purchase mobile phones and clothing.

“When questioned, these shoppers claimed that they were unaware that they had crossed the district border.

“It’s been a year since the movement control order (MCO) was enforced and such reasons should not be valid anymore as they should have checked the border lines before travelling.

Policemen conducting checks on a couple at the complex.Policemen conducting checks on a couple at the complex.

“We will issue them compounds if violations are found, ” said ACP Soffian after spending an hour touring the complex on Saturday.

He said the team comprising 94 officers from various enforcement agencies conducted checks on standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance.

Nine compounds were issued to five men and four women in the 20s to 50s. Two crossed the district border, one did not wear a face mask and six did not check in with the MySejahtera app. Of those who did not check in with the app, four were foreigners.

ACP Soffian said about 350 personnel are deployed daily to conduct checks, including at roadblocks, and 32 teams make rounds on the field.

“Since this MCO was enforced, we have inspected 11,500 premises and issued 95 compounds for various SOP violations, ” he said.

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