The police and army will monitor SOP compliance during Hari Raya

Ismail Sanri
Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA MAY 19:- The police and the army will patrol to monitor and check on any residence with many cars around during Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration and other festivals.

The standard operating procedure (SOP) limits only 20 persons at any one time apart from complying with social distancing of one meter from one another.

A person should also wear a mask, wash hands with water and sanitizer and avoid crowded place, confined area and close conversation.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, even though under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) the people could celebrate on the first day of the festival but the authorities will patrol around to monitor the SOP compliance.

“The people are advised to follow the SOP and other procedures and as such cooperation and self-regulation are very important to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ismail said in his daily press conference held here today.

On the question of parents taking along children to the super markets, Ismail said, no SOP has been made; at this stage the people are only advised not to take children and senior citizens to the supermarkets.

“There are many implications if SOP is made on this matter. For example a single mother has to take along her child as nobody will take care if left at home, and if the child is left in the car, the child could suffocate and die as it happened before,” he said.

Regarding inter-state travel during Hari Raya celebration, Ismail said, the programme had ended on May 10 but if there is an emergency case and with specific reasons, the people have to get a permission from the nearby police station.

Ismail reported, on May 18, 1,633 vehicles that have tried to cross over to another state with the reason to go back to their home towns have been directed to return by the police.

Meanwhile, police permission is also needed for those who wish to go to Sabah and Sarawak. They have to do swab tests on reaching the airports and if found negative COVID-19, they will have to undergo self-quarantine in their houses. If  they are detected positive, they will be taken to the hospital.

However, Ismail said, for those flying to Sarawak, they will have to do swab test again on the 10th day of compulsory quarantine.

“The government will take legal action on those who have not complied with the compulsory self-quarantine,” he reiterated.

In another development, Ismail said, the Ministers’ Special Meeting on Movement Control Order (MCO) today has decided to give less restriction to the Road to Tokyo 2020 Programme.

According to Ismail, the programme involves 265 individuals including 57 athletes for the preparation and training sessions for Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in, Tokyo, Japan.

The training session will be held in three centralised training camps namely Bukit Jalil Sports Complex where 181individuals are involved; 56 individuals will be training at the Malaysian Badminton Academy, Bukit Kiara, while 28 others at the National Sailing Boats Training Centre in Langkawi Island. –Malaysia World News

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