IGP: Special permit needed to travel between states

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By John Isaac

ANYONE who wants to travel between states must notify police and obtain a special written permit.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said this was necessary to check the spread of Covid-19.

“Those who wish to travel from one state to another need to inform the police and obtain a written document, permitting them to travel.

“They can obtain the document from any of the 156 district police headquarters, nationwide.

“We also advise the public to restrict their movements even from one district to another,” he said at a press conference at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

According to the New Straits Times, Hamid said that there was no imposition of a curfew and the public were advised not to spread rumours or fake news.

“Panic-buying at supermarkets should not take place. There is no such thing as an impending complete lockdown within two weeks.

“Shops like supermarkets, groceries, sundries and eateries can be open but there should be no sit-down dining but for take-away only.

“The move is not to restrict people from purchasing food and other essentials,” he said, adding that there would be more advisories by the National Security Council in one or two days.

Hamid added that the move to ban overseas tourists into the country, especially from China, had proved effective in containing Covid-19.

Hamid also announced that Internal Security and Public Order chief Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah had been appointed to oversee the implementation of the inter-state movement of the public.