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785 arrested for breaking MCO SOP yesterday

Kuala Lumpur – The authorities arrested 785 individuals for breaching Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) under the Movement Control Order (MCO) yesterday.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said 765 were issued with compounds, 19 remanded and one released on bail.

The SOP breaches included not wearing face masks (250); being involved in activities that make physical distancing difficult (165); failure to provide equipment for registering entry of patrons (137); operating beyond permitted hours (38); attempting to travel interstate and inter-district without permission (31); and others (164).

Police, he said in a statement, also conducted 45,346 inspections nationwide yesterday.

Ismail Sabri said 2,588 compliance teams involving 12,020 personnel conducted checks at 3,591 supermarkets, 4,697 restaurants, 1,604 hawker stalls, 3,142 banks, 1,320 factories and 540 government offices nationwide.

“Inspections were also carried out at 922 land terminals, 239 water transportation hubs and 64 airport terminals”, he said.

Ismail Sabri said 106,748 individuals have returned to the country since July 24. They have been placed under quarantine at 81 hotels, 15 public training institutes and several private learning institutions across the country.

“A total of 8,346 individuals are currently undergoing mandatory quarantine while 540 others were sent to hospitals for treatment,” he said, adding that 97,862 people have been allowed to return home.

The returnees had flown in from 37 countries.

On Op Benteng, Ismail Sabri said the authorities detained 33 illegal immigrants and seized four vehicles in 428 roadblocks mounted during the second phase of the MCO.

There were 378 roadblocks under Op Penawar, a joint effort by the police, armed forces and the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).

Police mounted 41 roadblocks while nine were by the Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM).

Op Benteng is a joint effort by the police, armed forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and AKSEM to safeguard the country’s borders and eliminate cross-border crimes. During the pandemic, it is also done to prevent the spread of Covid-19. – NST

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