Harsher enforcement on Malaysians breaking inter-state travel ban

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob - file pic

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 21: Malaysians can give up hope of travelling back to their hometowns for the festive holidays because movement across states has been disallowed completely and violators will be issued a compound on the spot at roadblocks effective today.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob disclosed that people no longer have to get police permits for inter-state travel because movement across states has been disallowed completely under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“The National Security Council (NSC) has decided that movement across states is not allowed completely following police daily enforcement reports of thousands of Malaysians still attempting to make their way back to their hometowns for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“So after this, there is no need to make long queues (at police stations) to get permits to travel because we have stopped the avenue for this. No more,” he told a daily press conference on the CMCO in Putrajaya today.

Ismail Sabri also emphasised that drivers will not only be instructed to turn back at roadblocks but a compound will be issued on the spot starting today (May 21).

“We will not compromise anymore or give in on this (inter-state travel) issue. And those who have made their way back to ‘kampung’ could face action on their way back to the cities like to Kuala Lumpur.

“We want people to know that the government is serious in not allowing inter-state travel to happen,” he warned.

He also reiterated that people should be aware and more cautious about the Covid-19 situation linked to inter-state travel, highlighting a recent case where a woman who had travelled across state to ‘balik kampung’ was later confirmed as having Covid-19. — DayakDaily