Johor cops set for spot check blitz on home quarantine violators

JOHOR BARU: Police in the state will conduct house-to-house spot checks once they receive the particulars of Covid-19 patients who have been ordered to undergo home quarantine.

State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the checks will start on Tuesday (Feb 2) once the details are obtained from the Health Ministry.

The exercise will involve more than 1,500 police personnel, Health Department officials and members from the Malaysian Volunteer Corps (Rela), divided into 500 three-man groups.

"Each group will be led by a police inspector who will be in charge of issuing the compound to violators.

“We are still awaiting the list of patients so that we can go and check on them to ensure that they are in their homes and not outside, ” he told reporters after visiting the Westlite workers hostel in Taman Air Biru, Pasir Gudang, here on Monday (Feb 1).

Comm Ayob Khan added that data sharing between government agencies has been practised since the movement control order started in March last year.

He also said the standard operating procedures (SOP) imposed at the workers' hostel are manageable and easy to follow.

“What worries us right now are the ones who are ordered to undergo home isolation. We do not want them to think that there is no one checking up on them.

“That is why we need the data from the Health Ministry so that we can conduct house-to-house checks as we have the capability to do so," he said.

Comm Ayob Khan added that compliance and enforcement patrols have been ongoing since MCO 2.0 started on Jan 13.

“To date, we have issued more than 1,000 compounds to violators, and on Sunday (Jan 31) alone, we issued 75 compounds under Section 16 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).

“There has been an increase in compounds being issued but that is not our focus. Our main objective is to ensure public compliance to health safety regulations because Johor has been recording a high number of infections daily and this is worrying, ” he added.

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