KANGAR (Bernama): Members of the public should play their role by keeping an eye on their neighbourhoods, and alerting the police if anyone returns without the permission of the authorities, says Perlis police chief, Datuk Surina Saad.
She said that the information was needed to enable the police to take firm action against those who were still being obstinate in not complying with the 2021 Hari Raya Aidilfitri standard operating procedures (SOPs).
"Other than public tip-offs, the police will also increase the number of compliance teams, and will take stringent action against individuals, including in housing areas.
"This is to ensure that there is no flouting of the SOPs, including tightening supervision at the borders of the state, bus stations and railway stations, ” she said when contacted by Bernama Monday (May 10).
She urged the public to comply with the Raya SOPs set by the government, and stay at home unless they had important business to deal with.
She said that the SOP compliance rate in Perlis was high, at 98%, and she hoped that the public would continue to comply, to maintain Perlis as a green state and subsequently sever the chain of Covid-19 infections in the country.
Commenting on the high number of vehicles in Perlis for the past several days, she said that it was not serious, being only 5% higher than normal.
"The hike was caused by parents fetching their children home for Aidilfitri from institutions of higher learning (IPT) in the state, while many people from Kedah are working in Perlis, ” she said.
Meanwhile, Kangar OCPD Supt Wari Kiew said that the police would conduct Hari Raya SOP compliance checks comprehensively in the district from Monday.
"We will go all out during Hari Raya, including conducting house-to-house patrols, to ensure the public comply with the SOPs set.
"We hope that the public will continue to cooperate with the police to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, ” he added. - Bernama