Drones being used for MCO surveillance, says Annuar Musa

KUALA LUMPUR: Drones are being used in the federal capital to improve monitoring and surveillance activities during the movement control order (MCO), says Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said the drones would be used by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers to monitor areas that are busy and attract a higher concentration of people.

“Do not worry if you see drones flying overhead as DBKL is using drone technology to monitor areas such as open-air markets.

“This is quicker and more efficient as not all our officers can monitor on foot or using vehicles,” he said in a statement on the Federal Territories Ministry's Facebook page on Monday (March 23).

He added that follow-up action would then be taken based on information gathered by the drones.

He also said that many open-air markets were still operational and hence DBKL would continue to monitor these places.

On Sunday (March 22), Annuar said DBKL had carried out enforcement action on 36 stalls at the Selayang daily market for non-compliance.

“Enforcement and monitoring were also carried out at other markets such as the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market as well as markets in Air Panas Setapak, Cheras, Sri Sentosa, Cheras, Desa Rejang and TTDI,” he said.

He added that the police and army would help operators enforce social distancing if necessary, and he also called on all Malaysians to give their cooperation to the authorities to flatten the curve of infection of Covid-19.
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