Don’t return to cities yet, says Ismail Sabri


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  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

PUTRAJAYA: People who have left for their respective hometowns at the onset of the movement control order (MCO) must stay put and not return to the cities, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

“Police officers who are conducting roadblocks at 23 toll plazas will not allow these people to proceed with their journey. They should remain in their hometowns, ” he said.

“Those who have left for their hometowns when the MCO was enforced cannot come back to the cities. They must remain in their kampung.

Don’t make plans to come back to the city; police won’t allow that, ” he added.

The highways recorded heavy traffic on the eve of the MCO as people were leaving the cities for their hometowns.

The government imposed the 14-day order from March 18-31 in a bid to flatten the curve of the spread of Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri said authorities recorded a 95% compliance rate of the MCO on Monday, an improvement from the 92% the previous day.

“We can see that roads are clear because the public is staying at home, ” he said.

“We are pleased to see improvements in the compliance rate and we thank the people for adhering to the order.”

Police set up 1,029 roadblocks, checked 163,687 vehicles and conducted 2,481 surprise checks nationwide on Sunday alone.

In anticipation of large crowds at banks in the next few days as people are getting their wages, Ismail Sabri said the police and army will be assigned to the banks to help with crowd control.

Authorities will also be roped in to ensure social distancing is practised at banks.

“The banks will determine how many people will be allowed in their premises at one time and authorities will be there to help manage the crowd, ” said Ismail Sabri.

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