Cops use drones to check if Raya celebrations comply with rules


Police conducting checks at houses in Kg Perepat, Klang.

PETALING JAYA: The usually lively Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration was toned down a few notches this year as families adhered to rules to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Police conducting checks in Kg Perepat in Klang found residents there had kept to the 20-person limit as they celebrated the end of Ramadan.

The team, led by Selangor Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk K. Kumaran, surveyed the area with help from the Bukit Aman drone team on Sunday (May 24).

"We got a bird's eye view of the area of 290 houses and we were able to identify 11 houses there with an unusual number of cars," he said.

Police went to those houses to investigate under the suspicion that they may be hosting too many people and could also have out-of-state visitors.

"When we inspected the houses, we were happy to note that those houses were hosting within the limit and none of the cars was from out of state," he said, adding that police reminded residents to practise good hygiene and social distancing.

He also said residents could inform police if they see anyone flouting the conditional MCO rules.

During the operation, police also advised against playing with firecrackers.

On May 13, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said close family members could visit each other on the first day of Hari Raya only provided that there are no more than 20 people.

However, the size of the party is subject to the size of the premises to ensure social distancing can be practised properly.

The same rules apply for the upcoming Kaamatan festival on May 30 and 31 and Gawai on June 1 and 2.

Additionally, the annual "Balik Kampung" tradition was also stopped this year to prevent the spread of the disease.

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