KUCHING, Apr 11: Stern action will be taken against anyone obstructing government servants involved in Covid-19 operations, said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail Sabri in a press conference today said an incident had occurred at one of the quarantine centers, where a few Malaysians treated there refused to cooperate with Health Ministry personnel.
“I would like to inform that stern action will be taken against them under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a civil servant from discharging his duties.
“It does not only apply to the police forces, but also to any government servants that are involved in our operation to curb this Covid-19 pandemic chain, including the nurses, doctors and many others,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri also said that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will not compromise with anyone who is still stubborn during the extended Movement Control Order (MCO)
He said that yesterday, PDRM had arrested a total of 1,095 individuals for not complying with the MCO and out of the total figure, 815 of the individuals was compounded, while 242 individuals were remanded, and another 38 released on police bail.
According to Ismail Sabri, with the announcement of the extension of MCO into the third phase by the prime minister yesterday, the PDRM had decided that they would not compromise with anyone who was still stubborn, and more stringent action would be used to enforce the extended MCO period.
“Yesterday, we saw an increase in the number of arrests, and since yesterday too, the police have started to take stern action and would not compromise against those not complying with the MCO,” he said.
On another note, Ismail Sabri also said that the government was looking seriously into matters related to the online news portals reporting false information and disseminating fake news, especially involving official government statements.
He said such fake and unverified news would not only confuse but also caused anxiety among the public.
“So in today’s meeting, it is decided that the PDRM and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will take stern action against any online news portal that is reporting confusing and false news.
“I appeal to all the news portal to be responsible and disseminate the correct and also authentic news,” he added. —DayakDaily.