Remove face masks at counters for identification, say cops

KUALA LUMPUR: All public and private premises, including offices, businesses and shops, are requested to mandate that each individual open their face mask for identification purposes at the service counter.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Rusdi Mohd Isa said this is to facilitate police investigations for facial recognition in the event of any criminal incident at the location.

“We request that those who carry out deliveries or any business temporarily open their face mask for identification purposes. When wearing a mask, it is difficult to identify the face (of a person).

“The counter management can ask any individual to temporarily open the face mask for security reasons,” he said when commenting on the incident of a fake bomb threat at the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) in Putrajaya last week.

He said this during the handing over of duties ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) between the former Kuala Lumpur JSJ chief Datuk Habibi Majinji and the new Kuala Lumpur JSJ chief SAC Mohd Razali Mohd Idrus.

Habibi will take up the position of new Chief of Staff of Land Operations Eastern Sabah Security Command to replace Datuk M. Chandrasekaran, 56, who died on June 1, Bernama reported.

SAC Mohd Razali was previously the Chief Assistant Director of Forensics (D10) Bukit Aman.

For a clearer face recognition process, Rusdi advised installing closed-circuit cameras at counters that focus on individual faces.

On the fake bomb threat, he said police were still conducting a detailed investigation and were in the final process of distributing a (photo-fit) sketch of the suspect.

When questioned about the death threat against Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, he mentioned that the police have made progress in the case, although it is not yet definitive, and the investigation is still in progress.

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Tags: police , CCTV , facemask , MOTAC , Rusdi Mohd Isa.


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