‘Do not try to sneak past’

Stop for inspection: Police personnel checking authorisation letters permitting inter-district and interstate travel at a roadblock set up on the East Coast Expressway. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: A 65-year-old man was detained for posing as a police officer in a bid to secure an interstate travel permit.

The man had gone to the Petaling Jaya police station at about 9pm on Friday and claimed to be an Assistant Commissioner of Police with a Datuk title.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said the man even showed them a photo of him in a police uniform stored in his mobile phone.

“However, he failed to show other proof that he was a police officer.

“He was remanded for a day and we are investigating the case under Section 170 of the Penal Code, ” he said yesterday, adding that posing as a civil servant was a serious offence.

ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said stern action would be taken against those who falsified documents to secure interstate travel permits.

Kuala Lumpur police meanwhile said they received positive and negative feedback over the implementation of the nine roadblocks in the city especially on the Federal Highway.

City police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassin said while there was congestion on the Federal Highway, other locations had been smooth, especially yesterday.

“Most people have praised our actions, especially at high traffic areas.

“We don’t want to do enforcement in areas where there are less people moving about.

“In Kuala Lumpur alone, Covid-19 cases have increased twofold and threefold, ” he said, adding that all the roadblocks in the city would remain.

Comm Azmi said on Saturday, many road users told the police that they were returning home from work or were going to pick up their kids.

“I was at five roadblocks. Those were the most common reasons given when we questioned them.

“Nevertheless I am glad that my men have used their discretion wisely by letting people through if they are satisfied with the explanations, ” he said

In Pasir Mas, more than 500 vehicles attempting to enter Kelantan without an interstate travel permit were ordered to turn back on Saturday.

Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Shafien Mamat said the number was recorded between 12am and 5pm at the three main entry points to the state – Gua Musang, Pasir Puteh and Jeli.

He said apart from not having an interstate permit, there were also a handful of road users who only produced the permit without verification of any police station.

“These people were unlucky as the police were able to detect the tactic and they were ordered to turn back, ” he said after inspecting the control centre of the Mukim Bunut Susu enhanced movement control order at Sekolah Kebangsaan Penggu yesterday.

In Sabah, no unusual long lines of vehicles rushing out of the districts before the inter-district travel ban kicks in today was reported.

Sabah Commissioner of Police, Comm Datuk Hazani Ghazali said although the traffic was heavy, it was not unusual.

“We will only start the roadblocks at midnight, ” he said.

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