243 arrested for violating MCO regulations

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA

A TOTAL of 243 individuals were arrested for violating the Movement Control Order (MCO) yesterday with a majority or 79 of them not wearing face masks.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said of the total number of arrests, 217 of them were compounded while 26 were remanded.

He added that other offences were failure to comply with physical distancing (48), premises failing to record customer details (40), crossing into Conditional MCO districts or states without permission (20) and others (56).

“The compliance task force led by the Royal Malaysia Police made 60,038 inspections nationwide on Nov 25 to monitor compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the MCO.

“The inspections were carried out on 4,956 restaurants, 3,573 supermarkets, 1,656 traders, 1,256 factories, 3,525 banks, and 648 government offices, as well as 1,118 land transport terminals, 231 water transport terminals and 99 air transport terminals,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, under Ops Benteng, the authorities detained 32 illegal immigrants and two boat skippers, while 10 land vehicles were seized on Nov 25.

Ismail Sabri said a total of 280 roadblocks were also conducted by the police, together with the authorities from the Malaysian Border Control Agency and Malaysian Armed Forces.

He added that the authorities will take stern action against anyone who tries to enter the country via illegal routes and the enforcement agencies will continue tightening the border control especially in rat lanes.

Ismail also said a total of 35 sanitation operations were performed on Nov 25, covering 11 red zones, five orange zones, seven yellow zones and two green zones in eight states.

“The operations were performed in Sabah (12), Melaka (9), Penang (4), Perak (3), Selangor (3), Negri Sembilan (1), Terengganu (1), Perlis (1) and Labuan (1),” he said.

As for mandatory quarantine, Ismail Sabri said a total of 75,212 individuals who arrived at all international entrances between July 24 and Nov 25 were placed in 75 hotels and 18 other premises.

Of the total, he said 10,711 individuals were undergoing mandatory quarantine and 405 individuals were sent to the hospital for treatment.

He added that a total of 64,096 individuals were discharged and allowed to return home.

The returnees were from 36 countries, namely the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Taiwan, China, the UK, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Ethiopia, Maldives and Oman.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the enforcement team from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs conducted the daily inspection yesterday on the supply of goods which involved 654 business premises.

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

Ismail Sabri said the team performed special inspections on SOPs compliance of 753 premises.

“Of that number, 752 premises complied with the prescribed SOPs, while one premise was given advice for non-compliance,” he added.