Ismail Sabri says 648 arrested for RMCO violations yesterday, including 331 at entertainment centres

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a press conference in Putrajaya June 8, 2020. — Bernama pic
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a press conference in Putrajaya June 8, 2020. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — Police arrested 648 people yesterday for violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the recovery movement control order (RMCO), said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said that 54 individuals were remanded, while the remaining 594 were issued compounds.

In a statement today, Ismail said the most common offence committed yesterday was taking part in activities at entertainment centres, which accounted for 331 arrests.

 “A further 102 arrests were due to failure in maintaining physical distancing, along with 65 arrests for failure to wear face masks, and 64 arrests for crossing state or district borders without permission,” he said.

Another 60 were apprehended due to premises failing to provide check-in equipment, while unspecified violations accounted for 26 arrests.

Ismail said the Compliance Operation Task Force headed by the police conducted 51,450 checks yesterday at various locations including supermarkets, restaurants, hawker centres, farmers’ markets, religious sites and recreational sites.

Ismail said Ops Benteng — an effort to curb the entry of undocumented migrants — resulted in the arrests of two smugglers and 99 undocumented migrants. Two land vehicles were also seized in the operation.

Ismail added that 25 sanitisation operations were conducted in 10 zones across Sabah, Malacca, Selangor, Johor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

Furthermore, from July 24 to yesterday, he said a total of 77,211 people had returned to Malaysia from overseas.

Of that number, 10,611 are quarantined at designated quarantine centres, whilst 405 are at hospitals for treatment. The remaining 66,195 have been discharged and allowed to go home.

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