Public sanitation operations to continue during RMCO


THE Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) will continue to conduct public sanitation operations throughout the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which has been extended until Dec 31, said Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib.

“The focus will be on areas that have recorded Covid-19 cases,” he told reporters after the ministry-level 2020 National Day celebration held at the JBPM headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday.

He said as of Aug 30, 9,792 public sanitation operations were carried out involving 12,914 premises nationwide, which included business centres, government buildings, residential areas, public places and supermarkets.

At yesterday’s ceremony, Ismail also welcomed back Mohd Fakhrul Munir Mohd Isa, an instructor from the central region Malaysian Fire and Rescue Academy who completed a charity solo cycling expedition around the peninsula, raising RM27,144 for the JBPM welfare fund.

Mohd Fakhrul Munir began his 2,400km solo ride on Aug 6, and visited 105 fire stations en route.

Meanwhile, the number of individuals caught for defying regulations under the RMCO yesterday increased to 253, from 84 on Saturday, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Of the total, he said, 219 were issued compound, 32 were held in remand and two released on bail.

“The offences were for involvement in pub/nightclub activities (116), failure to provide equipment to register the entry and exit of customers (23), not wearing a face mask (26), premises operating beyond the time permitted (two) and trespassing at quarantine centres (two).

“They were also cases for involvement in activities that make social distancing difficult (70), failure to pay quarantine charges (one) and involvement in gambling activities (13),” he said in a statement on the development of RMCO yesterday.

Ismail Sabri said 64,929 inspections, involving 17,765 personnel, were conducted to ensure compliance with the prescribed standard operating procedures at supermarkets, restaurants, hawkers, factories, banks, government offices and government offices, as well as land, air and sea transport terminals.

On Ops Benteng, Ismail Sabri, who is also defence minister, said the police mounted 63 roadblocks nationwide yesterday and inspected 27,197 vehicles to curb the entry of illegal immigrants, especially along the rat trails.

However, no arrest was made, he added.

Meanwhile, he said a total of 20,455 individuals returned to Malaysia through the international border entrance and placed under quarantine at 73 hotels and four public training institutes since July 24 until yesterday.

Of the total, 8,917 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine, 56 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment and 11,482 were allowed to go home, he added.