Ampang cyclists, joggers still defying SOP

Freewheelers: Despite the MCO, people were seen cycling and jogging in groups in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.

AMPANG: Some members of the public took the opportunity during the weekend to cycle and jog despite the movement control order (MCO).

A check at Taman Melawati in Ampang yesterday morning found that there were many people who were cycling in groups of two or more while others were jogging.

Some cyclists were seen taking a breather by the side of the road or at bus stops while others stopped by roadside refreshment stalls to buy drinks or snacks.

One couple exercising outdoors even brought their young children along.

The authorities have allowed people to cycle and jog within their neighbourhood parks during the current 14-day MCO.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said he had instructed the compliance operation task force to increase checks on public activities and take stern action against those found flouting the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“People should not take advantage of the leeway given when they go cycling and jogging.

“We cannot have too many people jogging or cycling at the same place as it will cause overcrowding, ” he added.

He advised people to adhere to the SOP as the main goal was to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Please stay at home if you don’t have any urgent business, ” he said.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said some motorists who were stopped at roadblocks in the district gave unreasonable excuses when asked where they were going.

“Some of them said they wanted to buy food in Shah Alam or Brickfields.

“Petaling Jaya has many restaurants and you can call food delivery services as well. Please be responsible and don’t venture beyond your housing areas, ” he said.

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