Selangor cops to check parked car licence plates to nab unauthorised interstate travellers

Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin

PETALING JAYA: Enforcement teams will check vehicles parked outside homes in housing areas and villages during Hari Raya Aidilfitri to track down those who travel interstate without authorisation.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said teams consisting of police and armed forces personnel will check registration numbers of vehicles, especially if there are many vehicles parked outside a home or residential area.

"We will cross-check the registration numbers with our list and see whether the vehicles and its owners are permitted for interstate travel.

"If we discover that there are those who flouted the ban on interstate travel, we will detain the vehicle owner, which is usually the head of family," he said when contacted on Tuesday (May 19).

Comm Noor Azam said police will take stern action against the culprits, as the time for warnings was over.

"Action will be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and Police Act 1967.

"No more warning or advice, we will detain those who flout the conditional movement control order (MCO) by travelling interstate without permission," he said.

He was commenting on Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador's announcement that the police and the military will "visit" houses during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

"This will be one of the measures taken by the authorities to track down those suspected of making unauthorised interstate balik kampung trips to celebrate with their families.

"We are taking the ban on interstate travel, especially for the purpose of celebrating Hari Raya, seriously," the IGP had said.

Comm Noor Azam said Selangor police will be ready to carry out the duty in tracking down those who travel interstate without authorisation.

"I have informed all police personnel involved in the operation.

"On top of that, we also conducted roadblocks at strategic locations to detect those attempting to sneak pass authorities to balik kampung.

"Those who don't have the necessary approval for interstate travel will be told to turn back," he added.

Comm Noor Azam also reminded Muslims in Selangor to limit their gatherings on the first day of Hari Raya to not more than 20 people.

"It is best to only celebrate with our immediate family members or have small-scale celebrations.

"Honour the sacrifices of the frontliners who braved the sun and storm in the fight against the virus by complying with the regulations of the conditional MCO, especially the ban on balik kampung interstate travel for Hari Raya," he said.

The ultimate goal is to break the virus's chain of infection, Comm Noor Azam said.

"I hope the public give their full cooperation with the authorities as the fight (against the spread of the virus) is not over yet," he added.

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