Police to vet all applications for travel during CNY

IPOH: Police will process each application to cross borders thoroughly to ensure there is no abuse of the movement control order, says Bukit Aman.

Internal Security and Public Order Department deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Kasuahdi Ali said police were aware that there could be attempts by people to return to their hometown over the Chinese New Year break and long weekend.

“So far, there’s been no issue of people wanting to go home for Chinese New Year.

“I believe there are also others who would want to take advantage of the long weekend, ” he told reporters during a check at a roadblock in Jalan Kuala Kangsar here yesterday.

He said they would filter through the applications at police stations before approving any permit to cross states.

DCP Kasuahdi said those with no permits “will not be able to go past roadblocks.”

The government allowed the Chinese New Year reunion dinners to be attended by up to 15 family members living within a 10km radius. Crossing of states and districts remains banned.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said a lot of applications at the district level have been rejected.

“I have tasked police station officers to call up their counterparts in other districts to check whether the applicants’ claims and reasons are legitimate, ” he said, adding that police also obtained information from the public.

“Everything we are doing is to ensure the safety of the people, ” he added.

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