Foreign travellers detained during MCO


THE Malaysian border control detained 57 foreigners travelling without legal documents with 10 land vehicles confiscated during recent routine security operations.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the border security operations involved the Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM), and Border Security Agency, all of which have mounted 443 roadblocks in total.

He said during the same operation, 128 ships and boats were detected in the country’s waters during five inspections.

As for sanitation measures, Ismail Sabri said 101 operations were performed in 44 red zones, four orange zones, 12 yellow zones and two green zones, making a total of 14,215 operations performed since March 30, 2020.

As for mandatory quarantine, 558 individuals returned to the country on Tuesday, out of which 517 were quarantined rounding up the total number of Malaysians who have returned to 107,567 since April 24, 2020.

According to the Construction Industry Development Board, 37 construction sites were inspected on Tuesday, noting that out of 32 operating sites, 29 of them complied with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), while three did not.

Ismail Sabri said the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs had also monitored 750 premises selling essential items, comprising retailers (558), wholesalers (163) and manufacturers (29).

Out of 1,471 SOP examinations performed, one was warned to comply.

The Ministry of Human Resources updated that the total number of foreign workers that underwent screening were 178,370, involving 6,677 employers.

Out of the total, 3,520 individuals were confirmed positive, while 174,850 were negative.

Meanwhile, 752 individuals were detained by the police for breaching the SOPs in compliance of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Ismail Sabri said out of the total 718 individuals were compounded, while 34 were remanded.

“The offences committed were not wearing their face masks (277), failure to record customer details (137), no physical distancing (128), travelling interstate without permission (73), premises operating longer than permitted (39) and others (98),” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that an Enhanced MCO is implemented on Kampung Orang Asli Batu 6, in Batang Padang, Perak, effective today until Feb 3.

The Ministry of Health Ministry reported 12 positive cases within the locality, and there are as many as 87 close contacts that were identified during the period of Jan 14-18.