72 nabbed for flouting recovery MCO


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Sep 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Police have arrested 72 individuals for various offences, as part of its operations on recovery movement control order (MCO) violations.

In a statement, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said out of the 72 offenders, 70 were issued compounds, one was held under remand while one was bailed.

“Among the recovery MCO offences that were caught during checks by the authorities included failure to adhere to physical distancing rules (26 individuals), failure to provide check-in facilities for customers (24), failure to wear face masks (20), escaping from quarantine stations (one) and operating businesses beyond stipulated time (one), ” said Ismail Sabri.

The arrests were made during checks by the police on Monday (Sept 8), who are leading the government’s task force on standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance.

A total of 58,047 checks were made on Monday (Sept 7) by 12,118 officers.

The premises that were monitored included supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government offices, as well as air, land and water terminals.

Ismail Sabri also said authorities - comprising the police, Malaysian Border Security Malaysia and the Armed Forces - had put up 72 road blocks nationwide on Monday under “Ops Benteng”.

The joint operations had caught 25 undocumented migrants and one smuggler in total.

Ops Benteng was set up to stop immigrants from illegally entering into the country and prevent cross border crime, as well as the spread of Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri also said between July 24 and Sept 7, a total of 24,961 individuals have entered the country through international entry points.

The individuals were all placed at 67 hotels, four public training institutions, as well as private higher learning institutions nationwide to undergo their mandatory quarantine process.

So far, 9,887 individuals are currently being quarantined while 15,008 others have already been discharged.

Another 66 individuals have been sent to hospitals for treatment.

Ismail Sabri also said the Housing and Local Government Ministry had conducted nine Covid-19 sanitisation exercises in several states - Penang (four operations), Sabah (two), Melaka (one), Sarawak (one) and Kedah (one).

He said since March 30, the ministry had conducted 9,874 santisation operations in 134 zones.

Ismail Sabri said on Monday, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s enforcement officers have conducted 2,291 checks on business premises on SOP compliance.

“Based on the checks, it is found that 2,147 premises have adhered to the government’s SOPs. Another 142 businesses were given advice while another two were issued warnings for not following SOPs, ” he said.

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