512 detained for various MCO violations


PETALING JAYA: A total of 512 individuals have been detained for various violations of the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He added 294 were caught in pubs and nightclubs while 59 were nabbed for holding private parties.

Also detained were those failing to provide check-in facilities for customers (32), not wearing face masks (14), failing to adhere to physical distancing rules (103), businesses operating beyond the stipulated time (eight), suspected prostitution (four) and one arrest for failing to adhere to quarantine regulations.

Of those detained, 452 were issued compounds while 59 were remanded with one given bail.

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

On Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri said 80 illegal immigrants, six smugglers and a boat skipper were detained at roadblocks set up under joint enforcement operations.

He added the compliance operation task force, led by the police, had conducted 58,393 checks including those on 3,989 supermarkets, 5,405 restaurants, 1,331 stalls, 1,146 factories, 3,860 banks and 663 government buildings.

Ismail Sabri also said between July 24 and Sept 12, a total of 28,063 people had entered the country through international entry points.

The individuals were all placed at 69 hotels, eight public training institutions as well as private higher learning institutions nationwide to undergo their mandatory quarantine process.

So far, 10,187 people are now being quarantined while 17,807 others have already been discharged. Another 69 individuals have been sent to hospitals for treatment.

Ismail Sabri also said the Housing and Local Government Ministry has conducted five Covid-19 sanitisation exercises in three states – Sabah (2), Penang (2) and Melaka (1).

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s enforcement officers have also conducted 1,159 checks on business premises on SOP compliance, of which 1,151 were found to have complied.

He added 698 checks were also conducted by the officers to ensure the availability of 12 essential daily items for consumers.

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