Only 38,000 warrants settled on Ops Warta Day 1

19 May 2015 / 19:24 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: "You can run but you can't hide from us."
That word of caution came from Federal Traffic police chief SAC Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff after the traffic police's "Ops Warta" went full swing today.
Mohd Fuad said a total of 69 individuals were arrested nationwide and 38,000 warrants have been settled as of today.
“They were given the two-week grace period to settle all outstanding fines and arrest warrants but the number of people who turned up to settle the warrants was disappointing.
"Only 260,600 summonses were settled during this grace period, leaving a a huge number yet to be settled," said Mohd Fuad during a press conference at Federal police headquarters here today.
Mohd Fuad added that from the total arrests, 36 offenders were nabbed in Penang, followed by 24 in Malacca, three in Selangor and Sabah, and one each in KL, Perak and Perlis.
"A total of 44 people had voluntarily turned up at the nearby police stations with their warrants since Monday. The highest number was in Sarawak with 39 people followed by Sabah (three) and Terengganu (two)," he added.
Mohd Fuad added that multiple warnings have already been given but some have refused to settle their summonses.
"I don't know the reasons for these people not settling their summonses or warrants," added Mohd Fuad.
"To date, we haven't started knocking on doors of offenders' houses as we are concentrating on roadblocks for now.
"All those arrested cooperated with us before they were taken to court. Thus, no handcuff was used so far," said Mohd Fuad, adding a total of 1.59 million warrants have been issued.
“The offenders did not use the opportunities given despite the announcement being made on April 30," said Mohd Fuad.
He added that a list of offenders has been drawn up and distributed nationwide for further action to be taken during the crackdown.
Meanwhile, KL Traffic police chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain said the public should take traffic offences seriously and settle any outstanding summonses to avoid further action from the police.
“Today, we arrested a local man, 25, working as a dispatch rider with eight traffic summonses and 10 arrest warrants at Brickfields during the crackdown,” he said.
According to the offender, he knew that arrest warrants had been issued against him but he was helpless due to financial problems.
“I have traffic summonses since 2012 and I have difficulty in paying it. I hope my employer can help me with the payment and court charges,” he said.

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