Over 8,000 arrested for various MCO offences so far

Ismail Sabri – Picture from Bernama

By Chew Lip Song

THE authorities have arrested 8,647 individuals for various offence since the Movement Control Order started on March 18, with 3,105 compounds issued so far.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the police and the army have mounted 784 roadblocks nationwide yesterday of which 358,593 vehicles were inspected.

“The police have also arrested 1,471 individuals for MCO offences, of whom 949 were fined RM1,000 while 503 were remanded and 19 were on police bail,” he told a media conference this afternoon.

He also announced that maritime authorities would tighten security to ensure no intrusion of foreign fishing vessels into Malaysian waters.

The Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will ensure strict enforcement is being carried out.

He said border security will also be beefed up to stem immigrants from entering the country directly.

“Action will be taken against immigrants entering our country illegally, although, there were no reports of such incidents,” he added.

On Malaysians stranded overseas, he said they should contact the nearest Malaysian mission for assistance.

“Wisma Putra is committed to ensuring their wellbeing. Arrangements to repatriate Malaysians are subjected to the regulations of the respective countries.

“This is because, some of them had imposed travel bans by cancelling all flights to curb Covid-19,” he said.

He said the travel costs would be borne by the individuals returning to Malaysia, while the travel arrangements would be made by the Transport Ministry.

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