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293 held for violating RMCO

21 Sep 2020 / 15:53 H.

PETALING JAYA: The crackdown on those who continue to violate the Restricted Movement Control Order (RMCO) continued yesterday with 293 people being arrested.

Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix) said 269 were issued compounds while 24 were remanded.

He said the majority of the arrests were made at pubs and nightclubs.

He said people 124 pub and nightclub gores were arrested, 85 for ignoring social distancing, 31 failed to to provide equipment for contact tracing registration, 24 for not wearing a face mask, 10 for operating beyond permitted hours, nine illegals, six for operating without licence, two for ignoring RMCO and two for being out without a proper reason.

He said a total of 2,475 compliance task force teams involving 11,016 personnel conducted checks at 54,825 premises including supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government offices, as well as land, water and air transport terminals.

On the mandatory home quarantine, he said 31,830 people who arrived through KLIA were screened for Covid-19 from July 24 to Sept 20 and were quarantined.

Ismail Sabri said 71 tested positive for Covid-19 and were sent to hospital, while 23,417 were allowed to return home.

He added a total of 8,342 people are undergoing mandatory quarantine.

“The authorities also detained 75 illegal immigrants, five suspected smugglers, and two boat skippers on Sunday under Op Benteng.

“The authorities also seized four vehicles in the operation and 91 roadblocks were mounted nationwide,“ he added.

He said Op Benteng involves the Armed Forces, police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), and the Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM).

He said the government will continue to monitor the country’s borders, especially the rat lanes, and will take stern action against those who work with human traffickers to bring illegal immigrants into the country.

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