THERE will be no more crawling under the radar for those using ‘lorong tikus’ (illegal routes) on the Penang mainland as these are now blocked by police.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said police had identified three routes frequently used by those from other states and districts to enter north Seberang Prai.
The first route was in Kampung Terus, Sungai Dua, on the border of central Seberang Prai.
The second one was in Kampung Selamat in Bagan Serai and the final one in Pinang Tunggal in Kulim.
“We want to stop those using these illegal routes to cross districts and states by placing concrete barriers at all three routes.
“The paths are frequently used by those in the area and from Kulim but they do not have permits and permission to travel across borders.
“These routes were all used in the past by motorists trying to avoid traffic jams but now they are used to avoid checkpoints, ” he said during a visit to a ‘lorong tikus’ in Sungai Dua, Seberang Prai.
A bridge joining two small lanes that gives motorists access to north and central Seberang Prai is barricaded and motorists will now have to go through checkpoints to cross districts.
“We advise those who want to go to other districts or states to come get permission and letters from the police before travelling, ” said ACP Noorzainy.
Later, when visiting two factories in Mak Mandin to check for standard operating procedure compliance, ACP Noorzainy said both factories had workers who failed to scan
the MySejahtera QR code when entering the premises.
A total of 14 men, six from the first factory and eight from the second one, were slapped with a RM1,500 compound each.
“We have issued a RM10,000 compound to each factory owner.
“The factories are providing essential services by making animal feed but they have not ensured that their workers scan the MySejahtera QR code and check their temperature when they arrive every morning.
Ïf the workers do not have smartphones, the factory owners should at least make them write down their details in a logbook.
“Factories are the main reason for the spike in Covid-19 cases, ” he said.
The operation was held in collaboration with the state Health Department, Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) and other agencies.
“MBSP has issued separate compounds for both the factories for not having a licence for their warehouse and office as well, ” said ACP Noorzainy.