KUALA LUMPUR: Police nabbed 142 people for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) yesterday.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned that authorities would take stern action against offenders under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
He said of those detained, 124 people were placed under remand, three released on police bail and 15 issued compounds.
Ismail, who is Defence Minister reminded the public as well as business operators to comply with the SOPs, as the police had been empowered to issue compound.
"I really hope that Malaysians comply with rules and SOPs issued by the government. Don't assume that the police will allow violations without any legal repercussion. Do not take advantage of the police's leniency," he told a Press conference in Putrajaya today.
Offenders could be compounded or brought to court, with the offence punishable with a maximum fine of RM1,000 and six-month jail.
He reiterated that interstate travel was only limited to emergencies and that too, with police permission.
The task force on SOP compliance conducted 74,809 operations nationwide on Monday, with checks carried out on 5,139 supermarkets, 5,029 restaurants, 885 stalls, 1,563 factories and 3,946 banks.
Ismail Sabri said, adding that 1,103 land, 221 water and 111 air transport terminals were also inspected.
The task force also checked 26,558 private vehicles, 2,945 public vehicles and one marine vessel.
Also inspected were 3,022 public markets, 4,138 places of worship, 1,583 recreational areas and 600 construction sites.
"A total of task force 3,833 teams involving 19,896 personnel conducted the checks nationwide," he added.
Source: New Straits Times