Ismail: Don't breach Raya open house SOP unless you want the cops to drop in too

PUTRAJAYA: Authorities will be making their rounds and will knock on doors of houses that they suspect may not be observing the rule on allowing a maximum of 20 people, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

He said police and the armed forces have agreed to go on rounds during the festive period to ensure that this standard operating procedure (SOP) is adhered to.

"If authorities find that there are many cars parked at the compound of a house and they suspect there are many people inside, they will check.

"They will make sure that everyone abides by the SOP and we hope everyone follows it," he said in his daily briefing on Tuesday (May 19).

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador has said that police were taking the ban on interstate travel, especially for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, seriously.

He said visiting homes to monitor celebrations would be among the measures to track down those suspected of making unauthorised interstate “balik kampung” trips.

Ismail said that police had conducted 149 interstate roadblocks on May 11 and inspected 250,891 vehicles.

“Police had ordered 1,633 vehicles to turn back after the passengers were found to be making unauthorised interstate travel and also wanting to go back to their hometowns for Hari Raya.

“We keep on saying that this is not allowed and yet there are people who still want to make balik kampung trips.

“Right now, police are still being considerate and just ordered these people to turn back. There will come a time when stern action will be taken against errant individuals, ” he said.

Ismail reminded Malaysians that interstate travel is not allowed unless in cases of emergency and with police permission.

He said spouses who live apart from their families are allowed to make the trip on normal days but this permission does not apply for Hari Raya, unless the police allow it.

“Interstate travel ban is imposed on everyone, including couples who live apart. But police can use their discretion to allow it if they feel the case has merit, ” he said.

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