‘Show medical appointment card to get past roadblock’

KUALA LUMPUR: Those who have an appointment with their doctor or scheduled medical treatment only need to provide the appointment card to get past roadblocks, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister said the government received a lot of complaints from patients who had to obtain a police permit to travel for medical-related appointments.

“Applying for permission from the police had inconvenienced the patients, especially those who needed scheduled treatment for cancer and kidney ailments.

“Therefore, patients with doctor’s appointments or scheduled treatment at medical facilities do not need to apply for police permits.

“They only need to show the appointment card when stopped at a roadblock, ” he said yesterday.

As frontliners toil to save Covid-19 patients, there were still those who ignore the SOP, he said.

“Lately, failure to record details is becoming more prevalent compared to other SOP breaches.

“This shows that there are still those who are not taking the threat of the virus seriously.

“This lack of adherence to the SOP will not only burden the authorities but negatively impact others as well, ” he added

Ismail Sabri also announced that the movement control order has been placed at the Kluang district in Johor from tomorrow until May 24.

With the MCO in place, interstate and inter-district travels in Kluang were prohibited, he said.

“The MCO is imposed as we want to prevent movement during the festive season to prevent the spread of the virus, ” he said.

For more information on the SOP, go to the National Security Council website at www.mkn.gov.my.

Ismail Sabri also announced that the enhanced MCO had been imposed on Kampung Keramat in Semporna, Sabah, from tomorrow until May 24.

Meanwhile, in Melaka, its top cop said he too must produce his police permit letter at any of the nine roadblocks in the state from today if he planned to travel outside his contingent and home in Ayer Keroh.

“The rule applies to all, even policemen, regardless of their ranks, if they want to make any interstate or inter-district for two weeks until June 6.

“Permit letters should be produced at roadblocks, ” Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said.

He said he would not return to his hometown in Perak for Hari Raya.

“Like others, I am not allowed to cross borders, ” he said.

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