Ismail Sabri: 523 arrested for defying recovery MCO on Saturday (Sept 26)

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  • Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested 523 individuals for defying the recovery movement control order (MCO), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Defence Minister said 40 people were remanded while 483 were issued compounds for various recovery movement control order (MCO) violations on Saturday (Sept 26).

"Among violations committed included night club activities (356), social distancing violations (105), not wearing face masks (38), and failure to provide entry log equipment (20)" he said in a statement on Sunday (Sept 27).

He said the compliance operations task force led by the police performed 45,847 checks on Saturday to monitor and enforce the SOPs for the recovery MCO.

"A total of 3,213 supermarkets, 3,893 restaurants, 1,017 hawkers, 1,011 factories as well as 2,896 banks and 528 government offices were checked.

"The task force also checked 903 land transport terminals, 207 water transport terminals and 99 air terminals.

"These checks were carried out by 2,424 teams involving 11,244 personnel," he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail said under Ops Benteng, a total of 75 illegal immigrants were caught on Saturday while three vehicles were seized.

"A total of 98 roadblocks were set up to curb entry of illegal immigrants by the police, Malaysia Border Control Agency and army," he said.

On sanitising operations of public places conducted by the Fire and Rescue Department and local governments, Ismail said 10,123 operations were conducted since March 30 involving 135 zones.

He added that 13,055 premises were sanitised involving 2,715 business centres, 5,763 government buildings, 1,600 housing areas, 2,623 public places and 354 supermarkets.

"On Saturday, a total of 16 operations were carried out involving 14 zones including Sarawak (six) Penang (four), Sabah (three), Kedah (one), Perlis (one) and Pahang (one)," he said, adding that the operations were conducted by 52 Fire and Rescue Department personnel, 132 local government personnel as well as other agencies.

On mandatory quarantine, Ismail said 35,991 individuals returned to Malaysia between July 24 and Sept 26.

"All of them have been sent to 67 hotels, civil training institutes and private learning institutes for quarantine at locations including Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Selangor, Perak, Johor and Labuan.

"A total of 103 were sent to hospital for treatment while 27,539 individuals have been discharged and allowed to go home.

"These individuals came from 33 countries including the United States, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Taiwan, China, United Kingdom, Holland, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand," he said, adding that on Saturday, police conducted 914 checks on individuals under mandatory quarantine at the respective residences.

Ismail said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s enforcement personnel on Friday (Sept 25) conducted checks on 668 businesses premises involved in 12 types of essential item supply.

"The 668 premises included 479 retailers, 161 wholesalers and 28 manufacturers.

"They found that supply of essential items was sufficient and easy to obtain," he said.

He said enforcement personnel also checked 948 premises of which 15 were advised for not complying with standard operating procedures.

On the Aman Jaya enhanced MCO, Ismail said it would end on Sunday (Sept 27) as scheduled.

"There were no increase in Covid-19 cases recorded throughout the 13 days since Sept 14, and 4,931 samples were taken at zone Melor with the number of Covid-19 positive cases remaining at 13," he said.

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