KUALA LUMPUR: The cycling event officiated by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (pic) had complied with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) and guidelines.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said a mobile police station was set up while police officers and personnel from Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station were also deployed during the programme on March 13.
"The police were deployed to ensure that everyone adhered to the SOP before, during and after the event.
"The cycling event was not open to the public, but instead it involved 30 personnel from the National Landscape Department (NLD) and Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp)," he said when contacted on Saturday (March 20).
The event's organiser had applied for approval with Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station chief on March 9, he added.
"A day later, the NLD sent a notification letter to the police station. This would enable the police to set up a mobile police station and deployment of personnel for the event to ensure the SOP are complied with," he said.
However, ACP Anuar said police are still investigating further whether there was indeed a breach of SOP during the event.
NLD had said earlier that the cycling event was not a "fun ride" and neither was it a public event.
"The event wasn't a 'fun ride', as it was not open to the public and it is not a form of competition attended by spectators," it said in a statement Monday (March 15).
The NLD said participants in the cycling event also participated in a "plogging" activity that was in line with the agency's role in public sanitation.
Earlier, Zuraida courted flak on social media after she uploaded pictures of her flagging off cyclists as part of the launch of the "Program Malaysia Prihatin Norma Baharu Berekreasi" at the Bukit Kiara Federal Park on Sunday (March 14).
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a Facebook post on Monday (March 15), asked sarcastically if the event was not a "fun ride", then what should it have been classified as.
Najib said the government had clearly pointed out that the SOPs under the conditional MCO stated that group activities such as "fun runs","fun rides", marathons and triathlons were not allowed.
"The government said the minister did not go against the SOPs because the activities launched and organised were not classified as a 'fun ride'.
"If it's not a 'fun ride', then what is it, a boring ride?" he asked.