Many people want more restrictions to curb COVID-19 infections, says Security Senior Minister

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Pic: Polis Diraja Malaysia ( Royal Malaysia Police )

PUTRAJAYA MAY 17: The people who have succeeded to go back to their home towns involving interstate travel and not complying with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will encounter problems on their way back to the city.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the people who had managed to escape from police roadblocks at the state borders to reach their hometowns will not necessarily be safe when they come back to work after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

He said many people have gone back to work due to less restriction under CMCO. However, in a survey conducted by the National Security Council (NSC), it says many people want more restrictions to curb COVID-19 infections.

“With less restriction, we do not want people to go back to their hometowns and become the agent to spread COVID-19,” he said in a press conference held here today.

Relating to inter-state travel Ismail said, on May 16, 1,248 vehicles that have tried to cross the state border with the reason to go back to their hometowns have been directed to return by the police.

According to Ismail, the police have conducted 147 inter-state roadblocks throughout the country and checked 218,027 vehicles.

In another development, the police have detained 1,408 illegal immigrants at the borders and have taken them to the depots to be charged later in the courts. If the decision of the court is to jail them then they will have to be sent back to their countries after serving the sentence.

“The costs to return to their countries will be borne by their families or the government through discussions with the foreign embassies in Malaysia,” he said when questioned on illegal immigrants detained at the borders during CMCO.

Meanwhile, the Special Ministers’ Meeting on the Implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) held on May16 had made a decision to allow the post-degree students with education mode like Masters and PhD to begin their academic activities the soonest as possible.

Ismail said, the permission involves 31,503 students at 462 institutes of higher education that need to do research in laboratories, workshops and design studios and need special equipment to work on their projects. –Malaysia World News


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