Johor cops to do house-to-house checks

Ground inspection: Comm Ayob (pointing) and his personnel checking the conditions at the Westlite workers’ hostel in Pasir Gudang.

JOHOR BARU: Inspections on those ordered to home quarantine will be conducted by teams, which include police personnel, as soon as their details are obtained from the Health Ministry, says Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

The spot checks start from today and will involve 1,500 police, Health Department and Rela personnel.

“We have divided them into three-man teams, each led by a police inspector who will be in charge of issuing compounds to violators.

“We are still awaiting the list of patients from the Health Ministry so that we can check on them to ensure they are at home and not outside, ” he said after visiting the Westlite workers’ hostel in Taman Air Biru, Pasir Gudang, yesterday.

Comm Ayob said data-sharing between the government agencies had been ongoing since the movement control order started in March last year.

The Johor police chief also said that the SOP imposed at the workers’ hostel was manageable and easy to follow.

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

“That is why we need data from the Health Ministry so that we can conduct house-to-house checks, ” he added.

To date, Johor police had issued more than 1,000 compounds to violators and on Sunday, 75 were issued under Section 16 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).

“There had been an increase in compounds being issued but that is not our focus. Our main objective is to ensure public compliance to the health safety regulations because each day Johor has recorded a high number of cases, ” he said.

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