More cops on duty at roadblocks during total lockdown, says Home Minister

PUTRAJAYA: More police personnel will be on duty to ensure the total lockdown to be enforced from June 1-14 is adhered to, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

He said that 55,000 police personnel will now be deployed to man roadblocks as well as to ensure standard operating procedure compliance.

This is more than the 37,000 personnel that are on duty currently.

“We will also rope in 15,000 personnel from other enforcement agencies under the ministry such as the Immigration Department, Rela, Escomm, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Malaysian Border Security Agency to also be on duty during this lockdown period, ” he said on Saturday (May 29).

He was speaking to the media after chairing a meeting with heads of agencies ahead of the total lockdown.

Hamzah also said that the number of roadblocks will be upped to about 800 nationwide during the period from the existing 600 roadblocks.

He added that spot checks will also be carried out by the SOP compliance team together with the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Human Resources Ministry and Works Ministry.

“The ministry has also asked the Immigration Department to carry out more operations to weed out illegal immigrants, especially at foreigners’ settlement areas, ” he said.

Hamzah said that authorities are prepared to accept more detainees with the opening of satellite prisons and detention centres.

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