PUTRAJAYA, April 19-- A total of 11 temporary prisons for those who violate the Movement Control Order (MCO) will begin operations from April 23, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the government made the decision to have the temporary prisons after consultations with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
"The Ministry of Health will deploy its health workers at the temporary prisons," he told a daily press conference on the MCO developments here today.
In addition, he said the number of individuals detained for violating the MCO nationwide dropped to 1,111 yesterday from 1,565 the previous day. Out of this number, 997 were remanded while 114 on police bail, bringing the cumulative figure of arrests to 14,750.
The authorities conducted 820 roadblocks nationwide yesterday and checked 451,487 vehicles, Ismail Sabri said.
He added that a total of 51,706 spot checks were also conducted nationwide with 5,861 premises checked.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) had carried out 2,627 public sanitation operations in 105 zones including 29 red zones since March 30. "A total of 186 sanitation operations covering 48 zones in 14 states, including 38 areas in Johor and 17 areas in Melaka were also carried out yesterday," he said.
As of yesterday, he said the sanitation operations had covered 1,405 government buildings, 1,055 public places, 1,078 business centres, 192 supermarkets and 38 People's Housing Projects.
Meanwhile, commenting on the initiative of the local community to self-regulate their area, Ismail Sabri said the government welcomed the move but they needed to seek advice and consultation with the police.
"We understand that they want to protect their area. They would not want someone from a red zone to enter their community.
"Involve the police to prevent unwanted incidents and they must not assume the powers of the police," he said. -- BERNAMA