PUTRAJAYA: Pahang, Penang and Melaka recorded the highest rate of conditional movement control order (MCO) compliance at 98%, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said one state recorded the lowest compliance at only 86%, but declined to reveal which state.
“According to the police, the average percentage of compliance for the conditional MCO is 95%. This means that 5% of our population are not complying and I see this (number) as high, ” he said in his daily briefing here on Wednesday (May 13).
Ismail said the police reported that they had made one arrest against an individual in Selangor for not complying with the SOPs (standard operating procedures) that were rolled out as part of the conditional MCO.
“I have said that the police will no longer advise or warn people to comply. They will now take action against those who fail to follow the SOP or violate the conditional MCO.
“There is no need for the police to arrest, compound or charge you in court if you follow the SOPs and authorities’ directives, ” he said.
The task force to act on non-compliance reported to have conducted checks on 4,092 restaurants, 1,255 factories, 3,428 banks, 3,606 places of worship and 34,840 private vehicles on May 11.
To a question, Ismail warned that businesses that failed to ensure SOPs were observed at their premises would be forced to close shop.
“There are shops and shopping malls that are offering sales to attract customers. If they cannot control the crowd, then we are left with no choice but to close these outlets.
“We will also ask the task force to monitor things in shopping malls and act accordingly if they fail to follow SOPs, ” he said.