Recovery MCO: Bukit Aman stepping up efforts to prevent illegal immigrants from entering Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will step up operations at the country's borders and entry points during the recovery movement control order (MCO) phase, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

The Inspector-General of Police said this was to prevent illegal immigrants from entering Malaysia.

"We will conduct more joint operations with the Armed Forces, Immigration Department and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to hunt down and arrest human traffickers," he said on Monday (June 8).

While most roadblocks in cities and towns will no longer be conducted, those along the country's borders will still be in operation, he added.

Abdul Hamid said the police needed to take a new approach during the recovery MCO phase.

He explained that the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) would patrol strategic areas on highways and main roads.

"We will increase traffic enforcement operations for various violations, including speeding.

"We will also step up our anti-drink driving operations codenamed 'Ops Mabuk' nationwide," he added.

Abdul Hamid reminded the people that the compliance operation task force led by the police is still monitoring the situation on the ground.

"The task force is still enforcing the SOP set by authorities, especially in public areas and commercial centres," he said.

The IGP thanked the public for their cooperation and compliance since the start of the MCO on March 18.

"Most of you have been wonderful all this while by obeying the SOPs.

"Just be patient for a little longer," he said.

On Sunday (May 7), the IGP said that the police would formulate new tasks following the announcement of the recovery MCO from June 10 until Aug 31.

He said this would include traffic control as more people would now take the opportunity to return to their hometowns now that the interstate travel restriction has been lifted for the recovery MCO.

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