Home Ministry: Enforcement of travel SOPs to be intensified, stringent checks on public transportation ahead of Raya

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PETALING JAYA: Every agency and department under the Home Ministry has been ordered to beef up enforcement across all public transportation platforms to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Home Ministry said more roadblocks will be conducted and officers will strictly monitor public movement to prevent individuals from travelling across states and borders using public transport such as KTM Komuter, LRT, MRT, ERL, KL Monorail and even e-hailing rides.

All of the government agencies and departments concerned are the police, the Immigration Department, the Prisons Department, the Malaysia Volunteer Corps (Rela), the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), the national anti-drugs agency (AADK) and the Malaysian border security agency (Aksem).

"The Home Ministry has instructed every agency and department under its purview to step up compliance operations and take stern action against anyone found flouting gazetted SOPs.

"Aside from stepping up the number of roadblocks, the authorities will also conduct stringent monitoring to prevent anyone from taking the advantage of public transport to travel interstate and interdistrict," it said in a statement on Saturday (May 8).

The Home Ministry said the orders were meant to ensure that Covid-19 is effectively curbed as the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration is just next week.

The Home Ministry also said it is monitoring closely the developments of the pandemic and it has received many reports from departments regarding issues concerning SOP compliance.

On Friday (May 7), Malaysia recorded another surge of 4,498 Covid-19 infections, an increase of almost 1,000 cases compared to the previous day.

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