PETALING JAYA: Police have noticed a gradual drop in the number of vehicles on the road four days into the movement control order (MCO), signifying that more and more people now understand the need for social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said in the four days since the order was implemented on March 18, about 15,000 cars passed through police roadblocks in the state aimed at advising motorists on the MCO.
"We expect to see a gradual decrease in motorists making unnecessary travel in days to come.
"At the moment, there are still some who flout the rules and give all sorts of excuses for doing so," he said during a roadblock near the Damansara toll plaza on the New Klang Valley Expressway on Saturday night (March 21).
DCP Arjunaidi said police still encountered parents who gave excuses for bringing along their young children when venturing out to stock-up on essentials.
"There is no need for that. It's enough for one person to go out to shop for groceries.
"The more people you bring along the more people are exposed to the disease," he said.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof announced on Saturday (March 21) that only one person from a household would be allowed to leave the house to purchase essential items during the MCO period, which ends on March 31.
DCP Arjunaidi said he looked forward to Armed Forces personnel helping with the enforcement of the MCO starting Sunday (March 22).
"With their help, we hope to cover more ground to ensure people follow the MCO," he said.
He said Selangor police currently hold up to five roadblocks in each district, but their effort could be multiplied with the help from the Armed Forces.
He also said the directive for 24-hour convenience stores and eateries in Selangor to only operate from 6am to midnight could potentially discourage unnecessary outings.
"While the directive is new, it is aimed at stopping people from unnecessarily leaving their homes because for as long as there are places open, they will find any excuse to go out," he said.
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