KUALA LUMPUR: Police have denied that summonses were issued to people for not travelling alone in their vehicles to purchase supplies or not wearing a face mask in public areas following the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).
Various messages have been circulating on WhatsApp where some people have claimed that the police imposed a fine of between RM200 and RM300 on those breaking the MCO.
Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Ismadi Borhan said messages circulating on social media that such summonses were issued in Puchong were fake.
A message, which has been circulating on WhatsApp since Friday, alleges that police imposed a RM200 summons on a couple who had left their home to buy daily necessities.
Brickfields OCPD ACP Zairulnizam Mohd Zainuddin @ Hilmi also denied that police officers had issued summonses at a roadblock in front of the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) police station.
“We advise the public to stay at home if there is no pressing need to travel.
“Police are conducting roadblocks to monitor people’s movement and order them to return home immediately after completing important errands or stocking up on essential items, ” he said, responding to a message being spread on WhatsApp about a road user who claimed to have been fined RM300 at a roadblock in TTDI after he went out to stock up on essential items.
“We checked with the head of the roadblock operation and it is confirmed that no summonses or fines were issued, ” said ACP Zairulnizam.
He said a police report had been lodged about the viral message for spreading offensive content and improper use of network facilities.
In Labuan, police denied claims that RM250 summonses had been issued to members of the public for not wearing face masks while in the vicinity of the Milimewa supermarket.
Labuan police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said his officers were aware that face masks were hard to come by across the country, and therefore such an allegation did not make sense.
“There is no need to circulate information that has not been verified as it only serves to cause panic, ” he said.