293 arrested for RMCO violations, 124 at nightspots

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BLOOMBERG

THE authorities continue to report high daily cases of violations under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) with 293 people arrested on Sunday for flouting the regulations.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of those arrested, 124 were related to pub and nightclub activities which are still illegal during the RMCO.

“Other offences include not maintaining physical distancing, failure to prepare necessary equipment to record personal details, not wearing face masks, premises operating over the stipulated hours, arrest of illegal immigrants, premises operating without permission, entering restricted areas and failing to pay quarantine charges,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that of those arrested, 269 were issued compounds, while 24 were remanded.

Additionally, the operation’s task force led by the police conducted a total of 54,825 inspections to monitor the standard operating procedures (SOPs) compliance.

He said the inspections were conducted in 4,767 restaurants, 3,507 supermarkets, 3,292 banks, 1,205 hawkers, 1,164 factories, and 531 government offices, as well as 1,060 land transport terminals, 189 water transport terminals and 74 air transport terminals.

Under Ops Benteng, the authorities arrested 75 undocumented migrants, five smugglers and two boat skippers, and confiscated four land vehicles.

Ismail Sabri added that 91 roadblocks were conducted nationwide by the police together with authorities from the Malaysian Border Control Agency and the Malaysian Armed Forces.

“The government will take stern action against any party who tries to enter the country’s borders illegally.

“Enforcement agencies will continue to tighten controls in border areas, especially rat lanes,” he said.

On mandatory quarantine, a total of 31,830 individuals returned to the country from abroad through the international check points from July 24 until Sept 20.

All of them have been placed at 67 hotels and eight public training institutes nationwide.

“Of that total, 8,342 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 71 individuals have been sent to hospitals for treatment, while 23,417 individuals have been discharged and allowed to return home,” the senior minister said.

The returnees were from 33 countries, namely the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Taiwan, China, the UK, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the enforcement team from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs conducted daily inspection on the supply of goods involving 703 business premises.

He said overall, the supply of necessities is adequate and able to meet the current demand of the people in the country.

The team also performed 1,607 special inspections on the SOP compliance of premises.

“Of that number, 1,594 premises complied with the prescribed SOPs while 13 premises were advised for not complying with SOPs,” Ismail Sabri added.