115 vehicles instructed to turn back on first day of MCO

File photo of police inspecting a car at a roadblock in Padawan. Photo: Nur Ashikin Louis

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 30: The police instructed 115 vehicles to turn back after the drivers failed to produce permits for interzone travel at roadblocks conducted statewide yesterday.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said, there were 41 roadblocks set up to control interzone movement beginning yesterday in conjunction with the first day of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the State.

“We inspected a total of 15,236 vehicles. Of these, 115 were instructed to turn back due to not having the permit to cross zones,” he said in a statement today.

He also said the police received 2,898 applications to cross zones yesterday and all of them were approved on the same day.


Aidi also disclosed that there are still people who are confused with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) after they were found still operating businesses on their premises despite not being permitted to do so.

“But we decided to only advise the operators to close the premises instead of issuing compounds.

“At the same time, we have issued compounds to three individuals who were found violating the SOP by being in public places beyond the permitted hours yesterday,” he added.

Sarawak is under a two-week MCO from May 29 to June 11. — DayakDaily