Over 600 individuals arrested for pub, nightclub activities on RMCO violation

Among the arrests in pubs and nightclubs were 63 for not adhering to physical distancing and 27 for attending private parties

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

ENTERTAINMENT activities in pubs and nightclubs continue to make up the highest number of Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) violations with 608 arrests, out of 763 total arrests on Sept 13.

Of the total, 746 were issued compounds while 17 people were remanded.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said among the arrests in pubs and nightclubs were 63 for not adhering to physical distancing, 27 for attending private parties and 22 for not wearing face masks.

“Another 12 people were arrested for suspected involvement in gambling activities, 12 for disobeying the RMCO, 10 for cockfighting activities involving gambling and one each for operating a premise over stipulated hours, operating a premise without a licence and for failure to obey the mandatory quarantine order,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The senior minister also said the operation task force led by the police to monitor and enforce compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the RMCO had carried out 57,795 inspections as of Sept 13.

He said the inspections were conducted in 4,939 restaurants, 3,868 supermarkets, 3,509 banks, 1,462 hawkers, 1,158 factories, 657 government offices, 1,094 land transport terminals, 203 water transport terminals and 135 air transport terminals.

Under Ops Benteng, the authorities detained 71 undocumented immigrants, three illegal boat skippers and a smuggler.

“Of that number, 10 migrants were arrested by the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) in Padang Mulud, Bandar Penawar in Johor, for not having valid identity and travel documents,” Ismail Sabri said.

A total of 79 roadblocks were also conducted nationwide by the police with the authorities from the Malaysian Border Control Agency and ATM. On the mandatory quarantine, a total of 28,508 individuals returned from abroad through international check points from July 24 to Sept 13, all of which were placed at 73 hotels and four public training institutes nationwide.

“A total of 10,359 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 69 individuals were sent to hospitals for treatment, while 18,080 individuals were discharged and allowed to return home,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Benteng LD, Bunga and Sungai clusters continued to record new cases as the country recorded 31 new Covid-19 cases involving 28 local transmissions and three import cases yesterday.

A majority of cases were detected from the Benteng LD cluster in Sabah with 17 new cases. Four new cases were detected in the Bunga cluster in Negri Sembilan, involving the ship crew, while one new case was detected in the Sungai cluster in Kedah.

For cases imported from abroad, three were detected involving a foreigner and two locals, all of which returned from Indonesia.

The new cases yesterday brought the country’s overall total to 9,946 with 615 active cases.

Among the active cases yesterday, 11 were placed in the intensive care unit, with five of them requiring respiratory aid.

Seven patients were discharged yesterday, increasing the total recovered cases in the country to 9,203.

With no new death recorded, the country’s death tally remained at 128.

To date, the Health Ministry has screened a total of 5,402 individuals related to the Benteng LD cluster.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry has screened 1,412 individuals in Lahad Datu and of that number, 89 cases were detected positive, 907 were negative and 425 individuals are still awaiting results.

“In Tawau, 3,981 individuals were screened and 331 cases tested positive, 915 negative and 2,735 are still waiting for the results,” he said.

Meanwhile, for the Bunga cluster, 59 individuals were screened. The cluster recorded 10 positive cases yesterday, namely four in Selangor and six in Negri Sembilan.

For the Sungai cluster, 16,775 individuals were screened, with 57 cases detected positive while 2,731 individuals are still waiting for the results.

“Following the significant increase in cases in the Sungai and Telaga clusters, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) was administratively implemented in Kota Setar, Kedah, and the prison and quarters area in Tawau, Sabah.

“For the Amanjaya cluster in Kedah, the EMCO has been extended until Sept 27 due to the need for repeated screening,” he added.

Several high-risk areas in the Kota Setar district have been identified and screening is still being carried out on residents.