68 arrested in SOP checks

17 Sep 2020 / 12:00 H.

PETALING JAYA: A total of 68 individuals were arrested by police on Tuesday for not complying with the recovery movement control order standard operating procedures (SOP).

Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said among the offences were failure to produce contact-tracing records, not wearing face masks, not complying with physical distancing and failure to pay quarantine fees.

The arrests were made by a compliance operations task force led by police, which conducted 59,899 inspections.

A total of 3,123 task force teams comprising 12,873 members conducted inspections at 3,682 supermarkets, 4,949 restaurants, 1,203 hawkers, 1,345 factories, 3,732 banks and 928 government offices.

Transportation hubs such as land, sea and air transport terminals were also inspected.

Operation Benteng, which was set up to control borders and curb the amount of undocumented migrants, recorded 79 roadblocks and detained 120 foreigners who were found without proper documentation. Three boats and four vehicles were also seized.

Ismail Sabri said the government will take stern action against migrants trying to enter the country illegally. Enforcement agencies will continue to tighten border area controls, he added.

He also said public sanitation operations under the purview of the Housing and Local Government Ministry had conducted 9,968 sanitation operations in 135 zones since May 30.

“A total of 13,008 premises have been sanitised, including 2,712 commercial centres, 5,727 government buildings, 1,599 residential areas, 2,616 public spaces and 354 supermarkets.”

From July 24 to Sept 15, 29,438 individuals returned to Malaysia from 32 countries, including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, China, the UK, Australia and the US.

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