Sabah police form team to monitor Raya activities
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
By: Stefyanie Myla Micheal
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Undocumented individuals arrested during the integrated operation.
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah police have formed a special team to ensure Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in the State do not contravene the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the Conditional Movement Control Order CMCO).

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said although Sabah did not impose a ban on travel across districts, the public are advised to limit their movements to their own villages as part of the effort to break the chain of Covid-19 infections.

“The police will check the homes which have a lot of cars to make sure only the family members are there and they do not exceed the permitted number (of people),” he told reporters during the integrated “Ops Bersepadu” at Jalan Rampayan, Manggatal, Thursday night.

Zaini said almost 7,000 personnel, including from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) and several other agencies, are involved in the exercise.

He said roadblocks and checks along state borders would also be conducted to ensure there are no interstate travel and to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants.

On the roadblocks, Zaini said they would check public vehicles for compliance to the SOPs, especially the address and number of passengers in them.

Zaini said the “Ops Bersepadu” was conducted simultaneously at 21 locations throughout Sabah and involved various agencies, including the Road Transport Department (RTD), the Immigration Department, the National Registration Department (NRD) and the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK).

He said so far, 350 summonses have been issued for various offences and 20 people in their 30s have been detained, including 15 who did not have identification papers and five more for narcotic offences.

 “A total of 182 vehicles were inspected, including motorcycles, while 528 people were checked at all the roadblocks last night,” he said.

Zaini said compounds were also issued to bus drivers and passengers who violated CMCO requirements in the Penampang area.

“They were found to bring passengers beyond the maximum allowable limit per trip,” he said, adding that the offence is under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Act 1988. 


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