PETALING JAYA: More than 2,500 motorists were told to turn back by the police for attempting interstate travel to balik kampung, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Senior Minister said that 2,539 vehicles had attempted to cross state lines before being asked to turn back by the police on Thursday (May 21).
Melaka was the state which had the highest number of vehicles and motorists that attempted interstate travel with 886, followed by Perak (362) and Penang (284).
"I keep repeating the same reminder daily, do not attempt to do interstate travel.
"When I announced that there was no more interstate travel, I think many tried to take the opportunity to do so," he said in his daily briefing on Friday (May 22).
He said the police had also detained 64 individuals on Thursday and remanded 40 individuals for going against the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The police, said Ismail Sabri, had issued compounds to 24 individuals for defying SOPs.
"PDRM had also conducted 154 roadblocks nationwide yesterday (Thursday) and checked 264,280 vehicles," he added.
Ismail Sabri warned that those who managed to escape to their hometowns could be penalised once they return to the city.
Asked if there would be more roadblocks in place, Ismail Sabri said he is leaving it to the discretion of the police.
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