MCO violators to serve time at prison academy


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Those sentenced to jail for movement control order (MCO) offences will serve time at the Prisons Department’s academy premises.Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said 13 such premises would be gazetted to house MCO offenders to avoid overcrowding in prisons.

He said this was in line with the decision to bring MCO violators to court instead of issuing them a RM1,000 compound.

“By using these premises as detention centres, we have resolved concerns of overcrowding in prisons. Bear in mind that the detention centres may not have the physical outlook of a prison, but all prison rules still apply there, ” he said.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested 612 people for MCO violations. Of that total, 590 were remanded while the others released on police bail.

Authorities also conducted 799 roadblocks nationwide and checked 545,182 vehicles.

Yesterday was the start of phase three of the MCO, which will end on April 28.

The government enforced the MCO nationwide on March 18 in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri also said the government had allowed Sabah and Sarawak flights to resume because individuals from these two states, who were quarantined in the peninsula, had completed the requirement and wanted to return home.

“If flights resume at a later date, they will have to remain in the peninsula for a longer period.

“This is also to resolve the issue of those in transit as we have allowed Sabahans and Sarawakians returning from overseas to undergo mandatory quarantine in their home states, ” he added.

It was reported that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) would resume flights between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak this week.

The flights involved are the Kuala Lumpur-Kuching-Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur-Miri-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu-Kuala Lumpur routes.

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