MCO: Declining trend in arrests shows greater public awareness — Ismail Sabri

Police personnel manning a roadblock in Kuching during the MCO (March 22, 2020). - file pic

KUCHING, April 5: Increased public awareness has contributed drop in arrests involving the Movement Control Order (MCO) offenders, according to Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

As of yesterday (April 4), the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have made a total of 368 arrests during roadblocks and patrolling, for non-compliance with the MCO.

“The statistics recorded a drop in arrests, a total of 11 per cent, and the decreasing trend in number of arrests shows that Malaysians are now more aware and understand the importance of complying with the MCO,” he asserted.

However, Ismail Sabri also lamented that there are still certain individuals that put others at risk by not complying with the authorities’ directive.

He gave the reminder that anyone found guilty of not adhering to the MCO and obstructing the authorities from discharging their duties, will be charge under the Section 11 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri disclosed that a total of 551 premises have been gazetted as quarantine centres in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

He revealed that these centres will be able to accommodate a total of more than 40,000 individuals.

“As of today, a total of 107 station have been in full operation,” he added. — DayakDaily