Movement control order: Police check on eateries, warn of lockup time

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: As the nation enters its first day of the restricted movement, checks are being conducted by the police on several food premises to ensure that everyone abides by the movement control order.

A police vehicle was spotted at the Phileo Damansara commercial area and two police officers were seen conducting checks on several eateries here.

Similar police patrols were also spotted in Brickfields, as the authorities sought to enforce the movement control order in a bid to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

A police officer, who spoke to The Star, said Malaysians who were caught eating in at restaurants could be hauled up and put in lockups and operators could be fined.

Under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, restaurant operators and diners found guilty of ignoring the order could face a maximum jail term of two years or a fine, or both.

Meanwhile, videos are making the rounds on social media depicting police officers patrolling eateries in several states.

Several Malaysians also took it to social media to vent their frustrations at the irresponsible people who continued to gather despite the rising Covid-19 cases.

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