KUALA LUMPUR: The duties of the police force remain unchanged after the Emergency proclamation, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic).
The Inspector-General of Police said his personnel will focus on ensuring the safety and security of the people, especially in enforcing the standard operating procedures (SOP) as well as the rules and regulations of the movement control order (MCO).
"The military, Rela and other relevant agencies will continue to assist the police in enforcement efforts, just like the first MCO.
"Our priority is to curb the spread of Covid-19," he said when contacted by The Star on Tuesday (Jan 12).
The IGP had said previously that Bukit Aman would take sterner action against anyone who violated the SOP during the MCO that begins at 12.01am on Wednesday.
He had said that the police were on standby to conduct enforcement operations nationwide, including setting up roadblocks.
“Compared to the MCO implemented on March 18 last year, we will be more stern and firm in our actions. Some weaknesses will be rectified to prevent or lessen the confusion of the people, but (there will be) firmer action, ” he said.
The IGP said the police would not compromise when taking action against anyone who violated the SOP or the regulations.
“The time to educate and advise has passed. We will take appropriate action against those who are still stubborn. There has been ample time for the rakyat to understand and adhere to the SOP as it is also the ‘new normal’, ” he added.
Ahmad Hamid said the police were ready to enforce all rules and regulations set by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (NSC).
Did you find this article insightful?
63% readers found this article insightful