Sabah cops to make house calls during Raya to ensure MCO rules not flouted

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  • Friday, 22 May 2020

KOTA KINABALU: A special team from the Sabah police will be making "house visits" to ensure that Hari Raya celebrants abide by rules of the conditional movement control order (MCO) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said some 7,000 personnel from the police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Rela and other agencies would be involved in this operation.

He said although Sabah did not ban inter-district travels, the people should limit their movements to their own villages as part of the effort to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

“If they see houses with lots of vehicles parked outside, they will enter and check to see that those in the house are family members, and that they do not exceed the permitted number of people allowed, ” Zaini said.

He made the statement after checking out roadblocks in the city on Thursday (May 21) night.

“Roadblocks will be put up along state borders to ensure there is no interstate travel and to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, ” he said.

Zaini said these roadblocks would be manned together with other security agencies, including the Road Transport Department, Immigration Department, National Registration Department and the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK).

On Thursday, state secretary Datuk Safar Untong said celebrants could only enjoy the festivities in their own homes with family members of the same house.

“The number must not exceed 20 people, depending on the size of the house, ” he said.

He said people must not visit their friends or relatives’ houses, and were also not allowed to return to their hometowns or organise open houses.

“No congregational prayers in mosques or other houses of worship, holding parties or anything of that nature, ” Safar said.

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