727 people including 243 foreigners nabbed in Selangor for defying MCO

SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have arrested 727 people for defying the movement control order (MCO) in the state.

Selangor police spokesman on Covid-19 Asst Comm Ismail Muslim said they opened a total of 350 cases on people defying the MCO involving arrests between March 18 and April 1.

"Of those arrested, 243 were foreigners.

"The majority of arrests involved male suspects (685) compared with the 42 women arrested," he told reporters at the state police headquarters here on Thursday (April 2).

He said police in Selangor received 600 police reports involving people defying the MCO.

"Thirty-six cases were charged in court under Section 186 of the Penal Code and Rule 11(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 2020," he said.

When asked, ACP Ismail said a total of 42 police personnel were under quarantine so far.

"We have had no positive cases involving our personnel so far but these 42 were placed under quarantine for coming into contact with individuals who were tested positive for the virus.

"Of the 42, four were officers, 37 rank and file personnel and one civilian staff member," he said.

ACP Ismail also said under the second phase of the MCO, which began on April 1, people would only be allowed to travel to buy necessities, food and receive medical treatment within a 10km radius of their homes.

"Those who work outside of the 10km radius are required to produce letters from their employers if queried during roadblocks.

"Those who need to receive medical treatment or need to attend to matters under special circumstances outside the 10km radius are required to get a letter of permission from the police station chief at the nearest police station to their home," he said.

He added that those who defied the MCO under phase two would be taken action under Rule 11(1) of Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 2020.

He urged the public to comply with the MCO so that efforts to flatten the curve involving the spread of the virus were not in vain.

"Places of interest will remain off-limits. The same applies to social, outdoor activities, gatherings and ceremonies.

"We urge all of you to remain in your homes throughout the MCO in order to break the chain," he said.

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