Tabligh pilgrims stranded in India have returned

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by BERNAMA

FORTY Malaysians from a tabligh group which was stranded in India were brought back to Malaysia yesterday.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said all those who were brought home through commercial airline, Air India Express, were tabligh pilgrims who failed in returning to Malaysia on July 17.

“Considering the risk factors of Covid-19 infection, they will be subjected to mandatory quarantine for 14 days at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute in Bangi.

“The quarantine centre will be monitored by health workers from the Health Ministry (MoH) and supervised by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM),” he said in a statement yesterday.

The senior minister stressed that no visitors or family members are allowed to visit the pilgrims during the mandatory quarantine period.

To date, the MoH had screened 22,869 individuals at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) entrance from June 10 until July 21.

A total of 22,791 individuals tested negative for Covid-19 after undergoing home quarantine, while 78 were found positive and sent to hospital for treatment.

The police had conducted 1,453 monitoring visits to check if individuals under home quarantine are complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Additionally, Ismail Sabri said 389 Malaysians returned home via the KLIA and KLIA2 on July 21 are ordered to undergo mandatory quarantine at home.

“They had returned from Indonesia, Vietnam, Qatar, China, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Nepal and Japan,” he noted.

Ismail Sabri also said the police had arrested 75 individuals for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) on July 21, with three of them remanded and the rest were issued compounds.

He added that the Compliance Operation Task Force headed by PDRM conducted 61,246 inspections on July 21 to monitor and enforce compliance with the RMCO SOPs.

Speaking on food supply, the minister said an inspection of 12 types of goods in 718 business premises was done by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP).

The ministry found that the overall supply of essential goods was sufficient and able to meet the domestic needs.

He noted that the monitoring was carried out on 515 retailers, 173 wholesalers and 30 manufacturers.

“The enforcement officers had conducted 1,478 special inspections and found that 1,462 premises complied with the SOPs, while 16 premises were given advice for not complying.

“Since May 13, a total of 128,437 premises were inspected by KPDNHEP and of that number, 122,618 premises were found to comply with the SOPs, while 5,522 premises were given advice,” he said.

He added that a total of 297 premises were given warnings for non-compliance to the SOPs.

Ismail Sabri also urged the public to always practice social distancing and Covid-19 prevention measures, especially in the sale and purchase of daily necessities during the RMCO period.