13 prison academies will be converted to detention centres for MCO offenders

ismail sabri defence minister

PUTRAJAYA APRIL 15: The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to convert 13 prison academies to be temporary detention centres for those who have been sentenced to imprisonment by the court for not complying with the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Minister of Defence and Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government has decided to gazette the prison academies to be detention centres following the huge number of MCO offenders in the past two phases of MCO.

“Until April 14, there are 9,702 detainees and certainly the prisons will be congested and social distancing cannot be practised as required by MCO,” said Ismail in a press conference here today.

However Ismail said the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) at the Malaysian Prison Department will be in use at the premises that have been gazetted and they (offenders) are treated like other prisoners.

On the MCO compliance he said, 612 individuals have been detained on April 14, 590 individuals remanded and 15 under police bails. Meanwhile, 337 individuals have been charged in the courts for not complying the Order.

Ismail said, the government will not compromise any more. MCO offenders will be remanded and charged in the courts and the police will not issue any compound.

Regarding Quarantine Centres, the Minister said, 177 centres are now in operation where 14,536 individuals are undergoing compulsory quarantine. On April 14, 157 Malaysians have returned and now in the quarantine centres.

To the question of Perlis state government has allowed the Ramadhan Bazaar to be opened along the road, Ismail said, once the SOP for the bazaar is ready, all states will have to follow it. –Malaysia World News

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