KUANTAN: The police will be watching the "rat trails" into and out of Kuantan after the district is placed under a movement control order (MCO) from Monday (May 10), says Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali.
The Kuantan OCPD also said six roadblocks would be set up to monitor movements 24 hours a day.
"I am already seeing active movements by people heading back to their hometowns. We are very serious about this.
"This roadblock operation will involve about 79 personnel with another 10 standard operating procedure (SOP) monitoring teams on duty.
"Three special task force teams have been set up just for the rat trails," he said Sunday (May 9).
During a two-and-a-half hour operation at the Kuantan-Jabor route, ACP Mohamad Noor said 38 individuals were stopped for crossing the Pahang-Terengganu state line without a police permit.
"We received information that this route is regularly used by individuals or groups to enter Kuantan or other locations without police permission.
"I am disappointed this still happens even though we have informed the public clearly on social media. The fine is RM5,000, which is high, and yet this is still happening.
"Reminders, advice and warnings have all been given. In the end, we have to take stern action especially because what they are doing can spread the Covid-19 virus. "There's no more excuse why discretion should be shown," said ACP Mohamad Noor.
He said many of them were trying to go shopping, which was a selfish action that could endanger the community.
"We understand it's near Hari Raya Aidilfitri but it is not an excuse to flout the SOP," he said.
The MCO in Kuantan would be enforced from May 10 until May 23.