By John Isaac
LETTERS issued by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) are not valid for travel across state borders from today until July 21.
In a statement last night, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the move was necessary to prevent abuse of these letters to celebrate Aidiladha.
“(Enforcers in) all roadblocks along state borders have been instructed not to accept these documents,” he said.
The only exceptions are for emergencies and travel for medical purposes.
“Stern action will be taken against any violators. The public is urged to play their role in flattening the curve of Covid-19 transmission,” he said as reported by Mallaysiakini.
Acryl Sani said the past two days saw an increased number of vehicles on highways. Aidiladha falls on Tuesday (July 20).
There have been various news reports of increased traffic out of the Klang Valley and northern states towards the east coast.
There is a fear that this would cause a spread in Covid-19 which has currently placed severe stress on public hospitals in the Klang Valley.
Based on a 14-day average of daily new Covid-19 cases, the east coast states of Kelantan, Pahang, and Terengganu are already on an upward trend.
Miti credentials are issued to businesses with staff who need to perform interdistrict or interstate travel.
These letters contain a QR code which the authorities can use for validation purposes.