Recovery MCO violations: 124 detained at pubs, nightclubs


  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Sep 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Police nabbed 124 individuals at pubs and nightclubs as part of the government’s operations on recovery movement control order (MCO) violations, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister (Security) said the 124 individuals were among 293 people who were detained for various recovery MCO offences on Sunday (Sept 20).

“Out of the 293 offenders, 24 were held under remand while 269 were issued compounds.

“Among the recovery MCO offences were ‘pub and nightclub activities’ (124 individuals), failure to adhere to physical distancing rules (85), failure to provide check-in facilities for customers (31), not wearing face masks (24), businesses operating beyond stipulated time (10), premises operating without permits (six), leaving the house without reasonable excuse (two) and failure to settle quarantine charges (two),” said Ismail, in his daily statement on recovery MCO compliance among the public on Monday (Sept 21).

A total of 54,825 checks were made on Sunday by 11,016 officers of the task force, led by the police.

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

The police, together with the Malaysian Border Security Malaysia and the Armed Forces, put up 91 roadblocks nationwide on Sunday under “Ops Benteng”.

They managed to nab 75 undocumented migrants, as well as five human traffickers and two “tekongs” (fishing boat skippers).

Ismail also said between July 24 and Sept 20, 31,830 individuals entered the country through international entry points.

At present, 8,347 individuals are under mandatory quarantine orders, while 23,417 have been discharged.

Another 71 individuals have been sent to hospitals for treatment.

The individuals under quarantine are placed at 67 hotels, eight public training institutions as well as private higher learning institutions nationwide.

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

He said since March 30, the ministry conducted 13,023 sanitisation operations in 135 zones.

Last Tuesday, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s enforcement officers conducted 1,607 checks on business premises on SOP compliance.

“Based on the checks, it was found that 1,594 premises have adhered to the government’s SOP. Another 13 businesses were issued warnings for not following SOP,” he said.

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