IGP warns action against those found taking photos, videos of cops manning roadblocks

Police and Armed Forces personnel conducting roadblock checks during the movement control order in Shah Alam April 5, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Police and Armed Forces personnel conducting roadblock checks during the movement control order in Shah Alam April 5, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — Individuals who shoot photos, videos of policemen manning roadblocks across the country with the intention of creating a negative perception about the police on social media will face stern action, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said this was an irresponsible action and contravened the movement control order (MCO).

“I want to stress that the police roadblocks were not being mounted nationwide just for the fun of curbing movement or causing inconvenience to the public.

“The police are carrying out a noble mission with the objective of breaking the Covid-19 infection chain to save the people,” he told Bernama at Bukit Aman here, recently.

Abdul Hamid said the police personnel at the roadblocks were exposed to the risk of Covid-19 infection.

“Individuals who do that (record and take photographs with the intention of casting a bad image on the police) are strongly reminded that there are many parties who are keeping their eye on you and waiting to arrest you.

“If they have gone out to purchase goods, it is not a problem, but if they purposely go out to record the roadblocks, then it is an offence because the police who are performing their duties are not there to be filmed or are on show,” he said.

He said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) was always working to ensure the safety of its personnel on duty at the roadblocks and they too have to observe social distancing.

Abdul Hamid said he had gone out to see that all police personnel at these roadblocks wear masks and gloves, and use the hand sanitizer.

“Whenever they stop a car, they cannot stand close to it or touch any part of it, there is a standard operating procedure for it. They can only ask the driver where he is going to and after that, my men have to clean their hands,” he said. — Bernama

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