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137 people nabbed for violating RMCO today: Ismail Sabri

24 Sep 2020 / 21:39 H.

PETALING JAYA: A total of 137 people were arrested today for violating the recovery movement control order.

Twenty-five of them have been remanded and another 111 have been issued compounds. The last individual is out on bail.

In a press statement issued today, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said the individuals were arrested for failing to wear face masks, not practising social distancing, patronising nightclubs and pubs, and for being out without a proper reason.

Ten business operators were also hauled up for failing to provide proper equipment for contact tracing and another four for operating without a licence.

He said task force teams also inspected 15,925 premises including supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, bank branches, government offices, as well as land, water and air transport terminals.

Under Ops Benteng, carried out jointly by the armed forces, police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Malaysian Border Security Agency, 67 illegal migrants, five boat skippers and three suspected smugglers were picked up. A boat and 13 vehicles were also confiscated.

Ismail Sabri said from July 24 until today, a total of 33,534 individuals returned to Malaysia through international entry points.

He said that 103 of the returnees were sent to hospital for treatment and another 8,005 were placed under mandatory quarantine.

The returnees had arrived from 33 countries, namely the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Timor Leste, Taiwan, China, the UK, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

From tomorrow, all foreigners entering Malaysia through its international gateways will be required to bear the full cost of their quarantine. However, the government will continue to subsidise the quarantine costs for Malaysians.

It costs RM4,700 to quarantine an individual, with RM2,600 for fixed operating charges and RM2,100 for the cost of accommodation.

“The second and third individuals who share the same room will have to pay RM700 each. Children under six years of age stay for free,” Ismail Sabri added.

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