Over 21,000 MCO violators arrested so far

PETALING JAYA: Authorities have arrested 21,106 individuals for violating the movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

The Defence Minister said the police arrested 489 individuals on Monday, compared with 606 individuals on Sunday; with 465 individuals remanded and 24 given police bail.

A total of 741 individuals had been charged in court for violating the MCO, he said in his daily press briefing yesterday.

“If everyone follows the MCO and the number of positive Covid-19 cases drops, then we can end the MCO earlier and ease some of the regulations.

“Some countries have eased regulations on their lockdown due to their reduced number of positive cases. However, they also suffered a sudden spike and were forced to have longer lockdown periods.

“We don’t want that to happen. We want to make sure that once we end our MCO and ease regulations, it will remain that way.

“There is no point if we open up for two weeks and suddenly we see a spike in cases, causing us to close down again, ” he said.

On a separate matter, Ismail Sabri said all wholesalers and traders at Pasar Borong Selayang must undergo Covid-19 screening.

“Only those who have letters from hospitals or clinics stating they have been tested negative are allowed to enter the market.”

The National Security Council (MKN) is currently doing contact tracing of those who have been exposed.

On green zones, Ismail Sabri said the standard operating procedure (SOP) was being finalised by the MKN.

He said the SOP would outline relaxed restrictions for those living in green zone areas.

“For example, those who are in universities or people’s housing projects (PPR) as well as those in gated communities, if they show no symptoms of Covid-19, then they may be allowed to go out but it is within their area and nothing beyond that.

“All of this is being looked at by MKN and we are getting input from all ministries so that the SOP would be more comprehensive.”

He hoped that MKN would table the finalised SOP to the government for approval.

On students’ movement, Ismail Sabri said it would begin tonight for intra zones.

This will involve students from the northern and eastern zones such as Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.

On Monday night, students in nine higher learning institutions in the middle zone were sent to their hometowns in the northern zone.

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