Red alert for CNY compliance


On the prowl: An electronic 3D billboard showing a tiger leaping from the screen to mark the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 2,532 Covid-19 compliance teams will be deployed nationwide to keep watch on activities during the Chinese New Year festive period.

Internal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Hazani Ghazali, who disclosed this yesterday, said more than 8,000 police personnel and officers will join hands with other enforcement agencies involved.

“The teams will be deployed as we step up our compliance operations during the festive period. We want to ensure that the SOP is adhered to.

“Patrols will be increased to emphasise the top priority on the SOP,” he told The Star.

Comm Hazani advised the public to adhere to the SOP to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“The virus is still out there and remains dangerous.

“The government has relaxed some restrictions to enable interstate travel and the reunion dinner, so we hope that the public will respond by playing their part,” he added.

Comm Hazani reminded the public on the importance of maintaining physical distancing and avoiding crowded locations.

“We will take stern action against anyone who violates the SOP under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988,” he said.

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Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed, saying that his men were all ready for the monitoring task and reminded the public to celebrate the festive occasion “responsibly”.

He said with this year’s festive SOP allowing for more interaction, the public should be mindful of the dos and don’ts.

“Police teams will be out to make sure the SOP is enforced and adhered to. The special operations will last throughout the festive period.

“While the restrictions have been eased this year, I advise all to keep safe.

“There are still certain things not allowed under the Chinese New Year celebration SOP,” he noted.

Comm Arjunaidi advised people with Covid-19 symptoms to stay indoors, urging those heading to their hometowns and attending reunion dinners to do a prior Covid-19 self-test.

“The key is to celebrate responsibly and protect yourself and others,” he said.

The government earlier announced that reunion dinners, prayers and receptions are allowed under a new set of SOP for the Chinese New Year.

However, the hosting of open houses involving a huge number of guests is barred.

National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique had said that family members could look forward to coming together for their reunion dinner which will be observed today.

Although there was no mention of a cap on the number of people who could attend the dinner, it was meant only for family members, she pointed out.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had said that the new SOP allowed for a merrier celebration, but reminded those celebrating to follow the guidelines at all times.

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