KUALA LUMPUR: The act of going out seems to be on a downward trend, with crowds in public places nationwide reduced by between 40% and 60% this past weekend.
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said this is a positive development and hoped the public would continue giving its vital cooperation in curbing the spread of Covid-19.
"The key to preventing oneself from being infected with Covid-19 is self discipline among the people.
"The enforcement efforts by the authorities in curbing the spread of the virus will not succeed if the public still does not take compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) seriously.
"However, I am heartened by reports from state police chiefs nationwide that the crowd in areas of public interest have lessened some 40% to 60% last weekend.
"For this, I salute the dedication of the public," he said when contacted on Monday (May 24).
The nation's top cop said such sacrifice from the public is appreciated, but the people must remain vigilant and always aim to increase the level of SOP compliance.
"However, there are still certain individuals and parties who go out just to relieve their boredom.
"It is as if they are not afraid of contracting the virus," Acryl Sani said.
The IGP said he also received information that certain business centres and sundry shops in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are still filled with those without urgent matters to settle.
"When asked by compliance operation personnel, they said they went out to buy trivial items such as mineral water or candies.
"We need the cooperation of the public more than ever in stopping the spread of the virus," Acryl Sani said.