PUTRAJAYA APRIL 29: The government has decided to allow two persons from a family in the house to be in a car to buy food, medicine and travel to the nearest medical outlet beyond 10 kilometres.
Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Movement Control Order in the fourth phase starting today till May 12 has been loosen a bit and gazetted by the government.
“In the third phase of MCO, the police uses his discretion to allow a person to travel more than 10 kilometres but now two people can travel further but to the nearest clinic, pharmacy, hospital and food outlets,” said Ismail at a press conference here today.
To a question of why there was a double standard in convicting the MCO offenders namely the Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Dr. Noor Azmi and a State Executive Councillor (exco) Razman Zakaria who were fined RM1,000 and not jailed like the others, Ismail said, Member of Parliament and people’s representatives are allowed to carry out their functions during MCO.
Ismail said, these people had not complied with the SOP of MCO and did not adhere to social distancing when giving aids to the residents.
“Their offence is under Prevention Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) and not under the Penal Code.
“Those sentenced to jail were the people who fought with the police, ramp through roadblocks that caused injury to the policeman and they were charged under the Penal Code,” Ismail added.
Ismail said, the court can use its discretion and fine them with any amount as the maximum is RM1,000.
The issue on illegal immigrants detained in the Enhanced MCO areas including near Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market, Ismail said they will be placed in the depot and 11 temporary detention centres that have been gazetted and placed under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Relating to some traders that have been infected with COVID-19 positive from the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market, Ismail said four public markets including Bahau markets, Taman Megah, Jalan Othman, Petaling Jaya and Chow Kit have been closed for sanitizing works.