137 detained for violating RMCO, 111 fined

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

A TOTAL of 137 individuals was detained on Wednesday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said out of the total, 111 were fined, 25 remanded and one was given bail.

“Among the offences committed include pub or nightclub activities (39), no physical distancing (32), leaving the house without reasonable excuse in areas that are under Enhanced MCO (32), suspected of being involved in prostitution activities (14), failure to provide equipment or recording details of customers (10), failure to wear face mask (6), and premises operating without permission (4),” he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the border control teams detained 67 illegal immigrants, five skippers and three smugglers.

“One boat and 13 vehicles were also seized.

“Out of the number, the Armed Forces (ATM) detained eight immigrants for not having valid travel documents at Ladang Sg Tengah, Johor.

“The police also detained two illegal immigrants for entering Malaysia via uncharted roads and for not having valid travel documents in Pengkalan Haram Kebun and Pengkalan Kubur in Kelantan,” he said.

The police alongside authorities from the Malaysian Border Control Agency and ATM conducted 91 roadblocks nationwide.

A total of 33,534 individuals have returned to the country via international borders between July 24 and Sept 23, and have been placed in 67 hotels and eight other premises.

“Out of the total, 8,005 individuals are undergoing mandatory quarantine and 103 were sent to the hospital for treatment.

“Meanwhile, 25,426 have been discharged and sent back home,” he said. The returnees were from 33 countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, the US, Saudi Arabia, Papa New Guinea and Spain.

Previously, the government decided that quarantine fees will apply to all individuals entering the country.

From Sept 24, all non-citizens must pay the full fees, while Malaysians only pay the accommodation cost of RM2,100, whereas the operational cost RM2,600 will be provided by the government.

The full fees for non-citizens is RM4,700 which includes accommodation and operational costs. On Wednesday, 18 sanitation operations covering one red zone, three yellow zones and eight green zones (involving Sabah, Penang, Melaka and Kedah) were launched by the Fire and Rescue Department, local authorities and other agencies.

Similarly, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has performed 1,143 special inspections and found that 1,124 premises complied with the existing standard operating procedures, while 19 were advised to comply.