Police arrest 549 violators for flouting MCO


SENIOR Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police arrested 549 people on Oct 28 for flouting movement restriction orders.

He said compounds were issued to 547 individuals, while two others were remanded.

The offences include failure to wear face masks (188), inability to produce supporting documents (154), non-practice of physical distancing (79) and the extension of business hours (34), Ismail Sabri said in a statement, yesterday.

The police-led task force conducted 46,853 inspections on Wednesday, with 10,960 officials surveying public areas including supermarkets, restaurants, factories, banks and government offices.

Inspections were also carried out at 929 land transport terminals, 295 marine terminals and 75 air terminals nationwide.

The minister said authorities via the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) also conducted checks on 18 work sites on the same day. CIDB has carried out 12,937 checks on 7,761 construction sites in total since April.

Meanwhile, 9,523 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine in 65 hotels and 17 public training institutes nationwide.

He said between July 24 and Oct 27, a total of 56,699 individuals returned to Malaysia from various countries. Of the figure, 381 individuals were sent to designated hospitals for treatment, while 46,795 were discharged and allowed to return to their homes.

Disinfection efforts continued to take place in several critical areas. A total of 137 zones have been sprayed with disinfectant since the operations began in March, including 29 on Wednesday, Ismail Sabri said.

The sanitation process is conducted according to procedural guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health, he added.

Premises involved in the decontaminant operations included 2,749 business centres, 1,629 residential areas including PPR (People’s Housing Programme) flats, 2,663 public areas, 354 supermarkets and 6,056 government buildings.

Ismail Sabri said 14 illegal immigrants were detained in an operation on Wednesday under Ops Benteng, a joint operation by security forces to curb transborder crime and the spread of Covid-19, with the authorities seizing one boat and six land vehicles.

On food supply, Ismail Sabri said daily checks on 12 food items at 682 business premises, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers showed that the supply of food in the country is sufficient.

Random checks on 1,111 premises on Wednesday found that 1,094 premises adhered to standard health guidelines, with 17 given reminders to follow screening procedures set out by the government.