PUTRAJAYA APRIL 2: Minister of Defence and Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the police will “act hard” on offenders now compared to just soft reminder and advice when MCO started on March 18 .
The enforcement of MCO however has been extended until April 14.
Ismail said, yesterday April 1, the detention rate has been reduced by 3.6% to 562 cases from 583 on March 31 while 4,189 individuals have been detained and 1,449 have been charged in the courts.
“Some have been fined and jailed for eight months for disrupting the authorities from carrying out their duties apart from breaching MCO.
“To enhance the effectiveness of MCO, the police have conducted 687 roadblocks, checked 380,342 vehicles and 3,092 business premises while 32,256 spot checks were carried out,” he said in a press conference here today.
Meanwhile effective from tomorrow (April 3) all Malaysians and foreigners entering the country via air, land and sea will have to be quarantined for 14 days at special centres to curb COVID-19 infections.
Elaborating on this Ismail said once they passed the immigration counters at the entry points including in Sabah and Sarawak, they will be taken by buses to the quarantine centres.
“At the quarantine centres they will be taken care by the authorities concerned following the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the National Security Council of Malaysia (NSC).
“The quarantine regulation will be enforced whether the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be extended or otherwise depending on the curve of COVID-19 infections. The decision will be determined by The Ministry of Health,” said Ismail.
Regarding the worries of business sectors on negative economic growth from the effect of COVID-19 and MCO, Ismail said a special joint ministerial committee that will be represented by the Ministry of Defence (Security Cluster) and Ministry of Economy will come up with SOP to help the business sectors and the country’s economic growth.
“A more balanced situation between the economic growth and the security besides the health of the population will become important elements to be considered by the government,” said Ismail. – Malaysia World News