Public compliance with MCO still has room for improvement — Miri police chief

The long queue along Jalan Datuk Edward Jeli heading toward Saberkas roundabout this morning (March 26, 2020).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, March 26: Miri police wants to increase public compliance with the Movement Control Order (MCO), says its chief ACP Lim Meng Seah today.

“So far, the compliance rate is around 95 per cent, and we would like to increase this percentage in the coming days of the MCO,” Lim disclosed.

He revealed that as of March 25, police have detained nine people for going against the MCO in this district, including a couple who crashed their car into a MCO roadblock at Simpang Ngu along Miri-Pujut.

“Out of that nine, two were women, ” Lim added.

Seven of them are being investigated under Section 22 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 2020.

Lim reiterated that stern action would be taken against those who defy the MCO, including arresting them and issuing summonses.

The male suspect who crashed his car into the MCO roadblock at Simpang Ngu. He has been detained together with a woman under Section 186 and 279 of the Penal Code for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties and rash driving.

Meanwhile, on traffic flows around Miri, Lim said the number of vehicles on the road has gradually decreased, despite there being some motorists still giving excuses when they are stopped at MCO checkpoints.

“Most of motorists stopped at checkpoints had travel permits to go to their workplace,” he said.

A ground check today, revealed dozens of motorists stopped along Jalan Datuk Edward Jeli heading towards the Saberkas roundabout or Krokop here. — DayakDaily