2,648 illegal immigrants, 157 smugglers detained at the borders from May till Aug.3 – Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR AUG 4: On the 54th day of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) enforcement period, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) had detained 104 individuals and from that five had been remanded while 99 were compounded for not complying with the Order.

Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob said, amongst the non-compliance activities included not adhering to the standard operating procedure (46)) while 53 were involved in activities where social distancing was difficult to adhere to and 4 premises were operating beyond the time permitted and only one person did not comply with the quarantine order.

Regarding the national border control, Ismail said, from May 1 until August 3, 2,648 illegal immigrants, 609 “captains” and 157 smugglers had been detained. The enforcement teams had also detained 105 boats and 278 vehicles that had attempted to infringe at the national borders.

“On August 3, the Police had conducted 64 road blocks in the Benteng Operations held nationwide and inspected 29,408 vehicles to stop the incoming illegal immigrants especially in the “rat path”, said Ismail in a statement here today.

He added, in the Benteng Operation, the Police had detained five individuals for committing immigration offences.

The Senior Minister urged members of the public to call the National Task Force hotline at 011-6251-1223 for any incoming or infringement activities of illegal immigrants.
On the 14 days home quarantine, Ismail said, since July 24 until August 3, 5,281 individuals had returned from abroad via the international border entrances and had been placed in 21 hotels and five Public Training Institutes (ILA) in Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Kelantan, Sarawak, Selangor, Perak and Johor.

“From the total number of Malaysians who had returned, 13 individuals had been sent to the hospital for treatment,” said Ismail.

According to Ismail, on August 3, the police had made 2,078 inspections on individuals that were undergoing the home quarantine at their residences.

“Following the inspection, the Police had taken actions on a cumulative total of 80 individuals who had failed to comply with the home quarantine standard operating procedure (SOP),” Ismail reiterated.

Meanwhile, Ismail reminded the people undergoing the 14 days quarantine at the hotels and ILA to make payments for the quarantine costs (RM150 per day) for the 14 days failing which they could be compounded RM1, 000 and charged in the court.

Ismail added, only the handicapped persons registered with the Social Welfare Department and students from the B-40 category could apply for payment exemptions. –Malaysia World News


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