KUALA LUMPUR: The police will increase “boots on the ground” by 100 per cent at borders and beaches to prevent a third wave of Covid-19 infections potentially brought by illegal immigrants.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said that it was a huge risk as no health checks are performed if they enter the country through illegal routes.
“I have discussed this with the Armed Forces chief and many ideas have been put forward.
“There are around 2,500 personnel that are patrolling the borders and beaches. The police will increase it by 100 per cent more, ” he said.
On movement control order (MCO) statistics, he noted that around four per cent of those arrested were below the age of 18.
“To parents, I ask that you constantly monitor their whereabouts, ” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman on Monday (April 6).
He also warned that strict action would be taken against all who go against the MCO.
“The punishment that awaits you is very heavy, so think carefully, ” he added.
The police have also noted an increase of online gambling lately. Hamid advised all to refrain from doing so, especially those who are about to receive monetary aid to tide them over during the MCO.
He added that the police would also go against online gambling syndicates as well.
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