Malaysian govt to introduce new SOPs after MCO ended

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 7: The Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Security Council (NSC) will introduce a more detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) after the Movement Control Order (MCO) ends on April 14.

Defence Minister and Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the new SOP varies according to the zones even though it is less strict and freer.

“The SOP is very important as there are procedures to be followed for example a person from the red zone has to travel to his work place in the green zone. In this case, that person has to follow the SOP strictly.

Ismail said that to a question of whether Putrajaya that has been listed as a red zone will enforce a strict regulation to the people/media going to the government offices there.

The minister also reacted on some complaints in the social media alleging there were double standards in placing the Malaysians coming back from abroad with others (foreigners) in the selected hotels that have been made quarantine centres.

He said, the government has selected 45 hotels with three stars and above as quarantine centres and will pay RM150 per day including food for one person.

If a person chooses to stay in a more expensive room but in the selected hotel he/she has to pay for the extra costs.

“The SOP is all the same as in other quarantine centres and the people cannot move freely and no visitor is allowed,” he said.

Regarding the MCO compliance on the seventh day of the second phase, Ismail said, 403 individual were detained and 347 remanded while 56 were on bail and 537 individuals have been charged in the courts.

Since March 18 until April 6, 6,452 individuals have been detained for non compliance. Meanwhile, 763 roadblocks have been conducted by the police with 443,160 vehicles were checked and 36,483 spot checks have been carried out and 4,571 premises have been checked. –Malaysia World News

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