The men in blue give their all during MCO

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Challenging times: Insp Farid speaking to reporters about his experiences during the MCO period.

KUALA LUMPUR: During the movement control order (MCO) period, Jinjang police station chief Insp Mohd Hafiz Abd Rahman only sees his four-year-old daughter via video call.

“Every time I return home after roadblock duty in the early hours of the morning, she would be asleep. Sadly, she will still be sleeping when I am ready to leave for work.

“The only time I get to see her since the start of the MCO is by video-calling her, ” he said when met in the Sentul area yesterday.

Meals during the MCO is anywhere he is deployed for the roadblocks, he added.

“Eating by the side of the road is a norm for any of the security forces. Our duty is always our priority. We are out here so that the people can stay home. That is all we ask – stay home, ” Insp Hafiz said.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, returning home is not a straightforward matter, he added.

“I would sanitise myself before heading home. I will also stop outside my house and change into a towel my wife set aside for me before heading inside. I do not want to risk infecting anyone, especially my family, ” he said.

Another police personnel, Insp Mohamed Farid Khairuddin, who is on roadblock duty, said it is challenging when the people questioned the restrictions under the MCO.

While he hardly sees his wife, Insp Farid said cleaning himself up and showering is a must before heading home.

“After work, I would go back to the office and shower. I will then change into fresh clothes before heading home, ” he added.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm S. Shanmugamoorthy said the police manning roadblocks in the city had to play the “Tom and Jerry” (cat and mouse) game with the people who lied about their reasons when questioned at roadblocks.

“One example is a man who showed me a letter supposedly showing him working for essential services but there was no phone number of his employer.

“I checked with the Companies Commission of Malaysia and discovered the company was not listed under essential services;” he told reporters.

ACP Shanmugamoorthy urged the people to be honest and not lie to the security forces during the MCO.

“I also encountered a man who claimed to go out to buy food at a nearby restaurant but he could not name the restaurant, ” he said.

“Please cooperate with us and stay at home.”

Given his area has a large number of foreigners, especially Myanmar nationals, ACP Shanmugamoorthy said he recorded a message reminding people to stay home, in the Myanmar language.

“The recording is played via loud hailers in areas with a large number of foreigners. I hope the foreigners comply with the MCO, ” he added.

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