Fake news on social media about travel permit applications sends droves of people to Sibu police stations

SIBU: The police have advised companies not to crowd police stations to apply for travel permits for their employees, after claims on social media that the application period was limited to two days.

Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit was responding to the claims on social media, which caused droves of applicants to flock to police stations in Sibu on Monday (Jan 25) and Tuesday (Jan 26).

"There is no need to rush to apply for permits, as there is ample time to do so during the MCO period," he said on Wednesday (Jan 27).

ACP Stanley also urged companies applying for permits to send a single representative and not all employees who have to work in the office to avoid crowds at police stations.

"The representative has to provide a trade license and the list of employees," he said adding that they would be interviewed before the application is scrutinised for approval.

He also said police had issued a total of 3,523 travel permits for employers of essential services workers during the Movement Control Order period.

Of the number, 2,770 were given out on Jan 26 and 723 on Jan 25.

Applications for these permits can be made at four police stations in Sibu, namely the Central, Lanang, Sungai Merah and Sibu Jaya police stations.

Stanley also denied another claim on social media that only one person was allowed in a vehicle.

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