Ismail Sabri: Over 600 compounds issued for breaking MCO

PETALING JAYA: More than 600 people were arrested for breaking the movement control order (MCO) on Thursday (Oct 22).

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police issued compounds to 634 people while four others were remanded and one was released on bail.

"Among the violations include not practising physical distancing, not wearing masks and not providing record-keeping facilities at the entry of premises and also being at entertainment outlets," he said in a statement on Friday (Oct 23).

Separately, Ismail Sabri said more than 52,841 people returned to Malaysia from overseas between July 24 and Oct 22, with 381 testing positive for Covid-19 and sent for treatment.

He said 8,196 others had undergone mandatory quarantine and 44,264 people have been discharged.

"They came from 35 countries including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Laos," he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said authorities under Op Benteng, which was launched to guard the country's borders against illegal entry, arrested 38 illegal immigrants on Thursday.

In the joint operation involving the Armed Forces, police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the Immigration Department, the Royal Customs Department, and the Malaysian Border Control Agency, two boats and three land vehicles were also seized.

Ismail Sabri said authorities had set up 300 roadblocks.

"The government will take stern action against anyone trying to encroach on the country's borders, and authorities will continue to tightly guard borders especially those known to be secret entry points," he said.

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