IPOH: Police will be carrying out spot checks on houses where there appear to be a large number of people gathering during Hari Raya this year.
Bukit Aman internal security and public order department director Comm Datuk Seri Abd Rahim Jaafar said one giveaway was houses with many cars parked nearby, a method previously used last year.
"House-to-house spot checks will be conducted and we will check if approval has been given for interstate travel," he told reporters after attending the book launching of Vat 69 Komando: Lahad Datu at Dewan 1 Briged Utara, Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA) in Ulu Kinta near here on Wednesday (April 21).
On Tuesday (April 20), Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah said Bukit Aman had tightened the approval process for interstate travel due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, and journeys planned from Friday to Sunday would not be approved except for emergencies, deaths and long-distance relationships.
Comm Abdul Rahim said many who travel from Friday to Sunday had misused the leeway for interstate travel.
"They used other reasons to travel when they were actually going for gatherings and wedding feasts during their visits.
"We are not discouraging people from going back to their hometowns, but cases are spiking with over 2,000 cases reported daily," he said, adding that the police would not hesitate to close Ramadan bazaars if needed
On another issue, Comm Abdul Rahim said at least four new battalions would be placed in Sabah and Sarawak.
"We want to place battalions in Semporna, Keningau and Kudat in Sabah and one battalion in Sarawak.
"We also plan to provide more firepower and personnel. We have prepared the papers and it is up to the Home Minister to decide," he said.
He added that the Vat 69 Komando: Lahad Datu book launched earlier would provide rare insights from those who were in the thick of the fighting.
In 2013, Ops Daultat was carried out in February during the intrusion of terrorists from the Philippines to Lahad Datu, Sabah.
The successful operation to flush out armed Sulu intruders saw 68 Sulu terrorists killed, 443 individuals arrested for various offences and 121 more under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).