Johor cops to check on hotspots

JOHOR BARU: More than 1,600 police personnel will be deployed to 41 hotspots throughout the state when the border reopens tomorrow, says Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat.

He said the locations comprise tourist attractions where the number of visitors is expected to be large, such as theme parks, recreational parks, shopping malls and public beaches.

The most hotspots, he added, are located in Johor Baru South with 10 locations such as the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex at Sultan Iskandar Building (CIQ BSI), Bazaar Karat, Larkin Sentral and shopping malls.

Three hotspots are located in Johor Baru North comprising shopping malls, public beaches and theme parks in Desaru, Kota Tinggi, forest recreational parks in Kluang, and textile shopping malls in Tangkak and Muar.

“Our main focus is to ensure that the Covid-19 SOP (standard operating procedure) is adhered to, besides making sure that visitors are safe from all sorts of criminal activities such as theft and pickpocketing, especially when they go to banks or currency exchange counters,” he said after the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara medal presentation ceremony at the state police headquarters here yesterday.

Comm Kamarul Zaman also said that close to 400 policemen will be guarding the CIQ BSI here and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) in Iskandar Puteri.

“We have placed 200 policemen at BSI who will be paired with 113 auxiliary policemen, while more than 60 policemen will be placed at KSAB and the nearby R&R spot.

“All of them will be working in three shifts to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, aside from making sure there are no criminal incidents,” he said, adding that the police will add manpower if necessary.

He also said that although there are no road closures in the city, there will be three roadblocks at Kota Tinggi (towards Desaru), Iskandar Puteri (near Forest City) and Jalan Johor Baru-Kota Tinggi (near Pulada).

“These roadblocks are part of Ops Benteng to ensure that no illegal immigrants travel in or out of our state.

“We expect there will be massive traffic congestion for the first week of the border reopening, but it will be controlled,” Comm Kamarul Zaman said, adding that the traffic police will ensure the smooth flow of vehicles coming and going out of the CIQ.

Policemen have also been directed to look out for unruly drivers who cut queues and endanger other road users, he said.

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