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648 arrested for MCO-related offences

Enforcement teams have been carrying out checks on various places, including restaurants and shopping centres, to ensure compliance with Covid-19 SOPs. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said police arrested 648 people yesterday over movement control order-related offences.

He said 594 of them were slapped with compound fines, while 54 were remanded.

Ismail said most were found at entertainment centres. Others were arrested for not wearing face masks, not observing physical distancing, not providing materials for contact tracing and crossing districts or states without permission.

He also announced the extension of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at Kampung Numbak and the Telipok settlement, both in Kota Kinabalu.

Both areas have been under an EMCO since Nov 16, but as of Friday, there were 109 active cases in Kampung Numbak and 136 active cases in the Telipok settlement.

“Aside from the active cases, many villagers in both localities still need to be screened.”

The EMCO will be extended for another 14 days until Dec 13.

Meanwhile, Ismail said a total of 2,437 compliance task force teams conducted checks at supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government offices, as well as land, water and air transport terminals.

Ismail said the authorities also detained 99 foreigners and two smugglers yesterday under the ongoing Ops Benteng. They also confiscated two vehicles.

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