IPOH: The Perak Tengah district police are monitoring social media groups to sniff out those attempting to cross districts.
Perak Tengah OCPD Superintendent Barudin Wariso said they are watching several of these groups that are sharing information about locations without roadblocks.
"We are also having spot checks and patrols at several locations we believe are potentially alternative routes (to cross districts), even if these are quite far away.
"The people should not be fearful of the police, roadblocks or compounds.
"They should be more afraid of an enemy that cannot be seen. Do not regret later," he added.
Supt Barudin said the police set up a roadblock at KM3 of Jalan Gelung Pepuyu-Beruas, which is among several alternative roads connecting Perak Tengah with Manjung and Taiping on Friday (May 14).
He said they have checked 74 vehicles there and turned back 23.
"Among the reasons the motorists gave included wanting to send laksa to grandfather's house, visiting their mothers whom they have not seen for a long time while some thought there would not be a roadblock there.
"There are also some who played dumb, claiming they do not know that district-crossing was not allowed," he said, adding that the roadblock would be manned 24 hours a day.
"We have issued five compounds to the offenders, aged between 27 and 53, for crossing districts into Perak Tengah without permits," he added.