PUTRAJAYA: The authorities have arrested 243 individuals for various violations of the movement control order (MCO), including not wearing face masks.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 26 were remanded and another 217 issued compounds.
“Among the violations include failure to wear face masks (79 individuals), failure to observe physical distancing rules (48), failure to provide check-in facilities for customers (40) as well as crossing states and district borders without permission (20), ” said Ismail Sabri in a statement on Thursday (Nov 26).
The arrests were made during checks by the police on Wednesday (Nov 25), who are leading the government’s task force on standard operating procedures (SOP) compliance.
A total of 60,038 checks were made by 13,390 task force officers.
The premises that were monitored include supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government offices as well as air, land and water terminals.
Ismail Sabri also said under Ops Benteng, 32 undocumented migrants and two boat skippers were arrested and 10 vehicles were seized.
The operation is meant to stop immigrants from illegally entering into the country and prevent cross-border crime as well as the spread of Covid-19.
On the mandatory quarantine orders for travellers, Ismail Sabri said between July 24 and Nov 25, a total of 75,212 individuals had entered the country through international entry points.
They were all placed at 75 hotels and 18 other premises nationwide to undergo their mandatory quarantine process.
So far, 10,717 individuals are currently being quarantined, while 64,096 others have already been discharged.
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