Ismail Sabri: 214 fined for attempting interstate travel on first day of Raya, 14 fined after bypassing roadblocks

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  • Monday, 25 May 2020

A police roadblock at the Sungai Besi toll plaza. Nearly 150 such roadblocks have been set up nationwide to monitor motorists travelling interstate during the conditional movement control order period. — LOW BOON TAT/TheStar

PETALING JAYA: A total of 214 individuals were fined after they were caught attempting interstate travel without authorisation on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (May 24), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri also said 14 individuals were fined after they were found to have travelled to their respective hometowns despite bypassing police roadblocks.

“Many do not believe me when I said that the police will continue monitoring the situation during the festive season. Those who bypassed roadblocks will be traced.

“This was proven on Sunday, where 14 compounds were issued to those who had travelled interstate and are in their respective hometowns,” he said during his daily briefing on the conditional movement control order (MCO) Monday (May 25).

“This is a serious matter and many took it lightly,” he added.

At the same time, Ismail said 162 road blocks were conducted to curb interstate travel, where 127,552 vehicles were checked.

On May 24, as many as 1,243 vehicles attempting interstate travel were turned back by the authorities, he said, adding that the figure stood at 1,158 the previous day.

According to Ismail, the state that recorded the highest attempt of interstate travel was Selangor at 685, followed by Negri Sembilan at 133 and Pahang (72).

“The police will take stern action on those who try to travel interstate without approval, including issuing compounds,” he added.

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