More individuals detained for RMCO violations

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic by BERNAMA

A TOTAL of 286 individuals were arrested for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) regulations on Aug 16, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The senior minister said 44 individuals have been remanded, while the remaining were issued compounds.

“Among the offences committed were failing to provide contact tracing equipment at their entrances (34 cases) and premises operating over the permissible time (four cases).

“Additionally, there were 35 cases involving not wearing face masks and 213 cases for activities involving large crowds that make social distancing difficult,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The offences were detected during checks conducted nationwide by the compliance operations task force led by the police.

Speaking on border security, Ismail Sabri said 53 roadblocks were conducted on Aug 16 and the police inspected 19,355 vehicles nationwide.

From July 24 to Aug 16, 12,063 individuals have returned to Malaysia from 32 different countries and were placed in 66 quarantine centres nationwide.

From the total, 43 people were sent to hospitals for treatment and 4,886 were discharged and allowed to return home.

Meanwhile, the police have also conducted 362 compliance checks on those undergoing mandatory home quarantine and found none of them breaks their quarantine order.

Separately, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced that it is now compulsory for all agencies involved in the medical tourism to keep the state government informed on the developments in the sector.

Chow said this would help the state government get all the current information to manage this issue more effectively.

Chow expressed his regrets that the state was not informed at all regarding the sudden arrival of the patients into Penang.

“All the patients arrived in Penang on Aug 14 on a special flight as stipulated in the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the central government agency.

“The state government was also informed that they have complied with all SOPs set by the relevant agencies including the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and the Immigration Department,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the state government wished to reiterate their stand on not to allow any medical tourists to come into the state until the ministry has finalised its new SOPs, especially during the period when Penang still has active Covid-19 cases.

Chow also noted that the state secretary was instructed to hold a multi-agency technical meeting yesterday to manage the medical tourism issue.