IPOH: Police here will patrol public areas and advise folk to observe standard operating procedure during the movement control order, says Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz.
He said the police have begun Ops Payung to urge people to maintain a physical distance and to mask up properly.
“Everyone has their role to play to break the Covid-19 chain. We want to minimise the number of cases and to ensure the MCO is a success. We don’t want to issue compounds to the people unless necessary. It would be our last resort, ” he told reporters after visiting a roadblock at Jalan Kuala Kangsar here yesterday.
The whole country, except Sarawak, has been placed under the MCO until Feb 4.
Perak, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan were initially placed under the conditional MCO on Jan 13.
ACP Asmadi said Ops Payung would be held at eight locations, including commercial areas, wet markets, shopping centres and hypermarkets.
He said these included the wet markets at Kampung Tawas, Buntong, Kampung Rapat, Tanjung Rambutan and the Ipoh Central Market.
Other locations, he said, included Greentown and major shopping centres in the city.
On issuing compounds to offenders, ACP Asmadi said the police had no power to cancel such fines.
He said he was aware that some folk were unhappy about getting summonses and have uploaded their grouses on social media, which later became viral.
“There are processes to follow. They either pay (the compound) or go to court, which would be the best forum if they have valid arguments.
“The courts will then consider and make a decision, ” he said.
On the roadblocks in the district, ACP Asmadi said they had been set up at Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Jalan Bercham and near the Ipoh Utara and Selatan toll interchanges.
He said the roadblocks were to ensure people adhere to the MCO.
“We want to ensure those heading to the city centre truly have reasons to do so.
“It was quite chaotic during the morning as most people are working or operating their businesses as permitted, ” he said.
“Whatever economical activities are allowed to operate, we will allow it as these are the people’s source of income, ” he added.