Interstate travel: Those without approval to turn back

KUALA LUMPUR: People who do not have the police approval for interstate travel will be ordered to turn back at designated roadblocks, says Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic).

The Bukit Aman CID director said only those who had approvals via the Gerak Malaysia app and manually via police stations were permitted to travel between states.

“A total of 98 roadblocks have been set up at state borders nationwide to check the travellers’ QR code on the Gerak Malaysia app or their manual approval from the police stations.

“Those who are travelling on the designated dates should show the QR code when asked by police personnel.

“The code will be scanned for its validity,” he said yesterday.

The police will perform inspections anytime or anywhere, but for the purpose of interstate travels, such checks will be done at roadblocks, he added.

Asked on the decision to allow public transportation and motorcycles in the interstate travel, Comm Huzir said the decision was made based on smooth traffic on expressways and federal roads on the first day of the interstate travel on Thursday.

“Taking into consideration the smooth flow of traffic, the police decided to allow land public transportation and motorcycles for the interstate travels.

“However, they must obtain the necessary approval first before they can travel,” Comm Huzir said.

The authorities have set May 7-10 for those stranded to make the journey back to their respective homes.

A total of 70,538 applications have been approved by the police for those stranded to return to their homes from Perak, Johor and Kelantan yesterday.

On Thursday, 32,485 applications in Kuala Lumpur were given approvals to do so as well.

Earlier, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government had allowed motorcyclists to make the interstate journeys during the four days because, “if you went back to kampung on a motorcycle and have been stranded there since the MCO was enforced and want to go back home, you can’t possibly leave your ride”.

“You need that motorcycle to make the journey, so we will allow that,” he said.

Ismail Sabri reminded the public that after May 10, interstate travel would not be allowed unless there was an emergency and police permission.

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