Ismail Sabri: 131 people fined for not wearing face masks

PETALING JAYA: Despite nine months of “new normal”, there are still those who remain indifferent to following standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb the spread of Covid-19, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister (Security) said police arrested 329 people on Monday (Nov 23) for breaking SOPs such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing.

"Out of that number, 311 were served with compounds, five were remanded while 13 others were released on bail," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 24).

He said 131 were stopped for not wearing masks while 59 more did not maintain a physical distance of at least one meter.

Ismail Sabri also said 50 business owners failed to prepare facilities to record customers' details.

Another 38 people were penalised for crossing state and district boundaries without permission and 51 more were penalised for other offences.

He said authorities also arrested 88 illegal immigrants and five boat skippers under Op Benteng, which is aimed at protecting the country's borders from being encroached.

In Monday's (Nov 23) operation, authorities also seized 13 land vehicles and set up 261 roadblocks at locations believed to be used as illegal entry points.

Separately, Ismail Sabri said between July 24 and Nov 23,73,713 people have returned to Malaysia.

He said 10,152 people had undergone mandatory quarantine while 405 were sent to hospital for treatment and 63,156 others were allowed to go home.

Those returning to Malaysia were from 36 countries including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and Brunei.

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